Artist Maurie Harrington

About Apples

an appleThe history of the apple is as long as the history of mankind. Apples are one of the most nutritious and healthy foods, containing vitamins A and B and moderate amounts of calcium, iron and phosphorus. Apples have high amounts of pectin which helps to promote good digestion. When you eat a freshly hand-picked sun kissed apple with the skin on, you consume 22 milligrams of vitamin C. A fresh crisp apple is the perfect snack. A Little Apple History...

On crisp autumn days in September and October it is a family tradition to pick apples. In earlier times it was an event to gather and store apples for the cold winter when fresh fruit was not available. Presently it is a fun-filled family activity to enjoy the outdoors and pick fresh apples for snacks and cooking. Interesting Apple Facts..

Apple Gift Packs - We ship apple gift packs all over the country using USPS Priority mail with excellent results. Due to state regulations, we can't ship to California or Arizona. Availability: September-December. Ordering Details.

Apples Varieties

Apples

Below is a list of our most commonly sold apple varieties listed in order of ripening date.
(Weather conditions can hasten or delay these harvest dates.)

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Lodi: An excellent early summer apple. Outstanding for cooking. Makes a fine grained sauce. Introduced in 1924 by the New York State Agricultural Station. Has a short shelf life.

Yellow Transparent: Excellent for sauce and pies. Has a great tart flavor for eating. An apple of Russian origin and very old. Has a short shelf life.

Vista Bella: Very early season apple. Ripens late July. Medium-sized apple with light yellow-green skin. Flushed deep red where exposed to sun. Great eating apple. Cross between NJ 773449 and July Red. Introduced in 1974 by the New Jersey Agricultural Station.

Jersey Mac: McIntosh type apple ripening in mid-August. Good flavor for eating. Medium firm flesh. Cross N.J. #24 and July Red. Introduced in 1971 by New Jersey Experimental Station.

Whitney Crab Apple: Use to cross-pollinate. Large, yellow crab apples. Ripens August to early September.

Early McIntosh: Decidedly sweet, somewhat small apple. Good for eating fresh and apple sauce. Crisp when freshly picked. Cross between McIntosh and Yellow Transparent. New York Experiment Station 1923.

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Average Harvest Dates for Other Fruits

Mid June - Strawberries
Early July - Mount Morency Cherries
Mid July - Raspberries
Early August - Blueberries
Mid August - Peaches
August-September - Pears
Late September - Plums

Apple Harvest Dates

Weather conditions can hasten or delay apple and other fruit harvest dates. This chart represents average apple harvest date for our area.

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