Orchard Varieties

We offer over 20 varieties of apples, which we harvest all throughout the fall and into November.  Our late season varieties tend to be the firmest and best for storing over the winter.  U-pick and Ready-picked availability changes throughout the season, so please check our Today’s U-pick Availability page or call us directly for more information.  We take special orders for boxes of apples (40lb and 20lb) as well.

  • Early Season Apples
  • Mid Season Apples
  • Late Season Apples
  • Pears

Variety:

Description:

Akane Basket

Akane

Harvest Period:
mid-late August

Flavor:  Tender, crisp flesh, sweet-tart & juicy
Parentage:  Jonathan x Worcester Permain
Introduced:  1937
Origin:  Morioka Experimental Station, Japan

Special Characteristics:  Makes pink applesauce if skin is left on during cooking
Best Use:  Fresh eating, cooking, saucing
Storage:  Fair

Gala

Gala

Harvest Period:
early-mid September

Flavor:  Fine, crisp, sweet, aromatic
Parentage:  Golden Delicious x Kidd’s Orange
Introduced:  1960
Origin:  New Zealand

Special Characteristics:  Small apple, perfect for lunchboxes
Best Use:  Fresh eating
Storage:  Good

Gravenstein 2015

Gravenstein

Harvest Period:
mid-late August

Flavor:  Sweet-tart & juicy
Parentage:  Unknown
Introduced:  1500’s
Origin:  Italy

Special Characteristics:  The most well-known saucing varieties
Best Use:  Saucing, baking, juicing
Storage:  Fair

Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp

Harvest Period:
early-mid September

Flavor:  Juicy, crisp, very sweet
Parentage:  Keepsake
Introduced:  1960’s
Origin:  University of Minnesota

Special Characteristics:  Winner of taste tests for fresh eating, but very versatile for all purposes
Best Use:  Fresh eating, baking, saucing
Storage:  Good

Idared

Idared

Harvest Period:
early-mid September

Flavor:  Sweet-tart
Parentage:  Jonathan x Wagener
Introduced:  1930’s
Origin:  Idaho Ag Experimental Station

Special Characteristics:  Flavor becomes sweeter with age
Best Use:  Fresh eating, cooking, saucing
Storage:  Good

Lodi

Lodi

Harvest Period:
mid-late August

Flavor:  Medium-sized green, sharp & flavorful
Parentage:  White Transparent
Introduced:  1900’s
Origin:  New York State Research Station, Geneva, NY

Special Characteristics:  
Best Use:  Cooking, saucing, juicing
Storage:  Fair

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Cox Orange Pippin

Cox Orange Pippin

Harvest Period:
late September

Flavor:  Firm texture, aromatic, exceptional flavor
Parentage:  Ribston Pippin
Introduced:  1825
Origin:  England

Special Characteristics:  Distinctive orange hue and russetted skin
Best Use:  Fresh eating, cooking, juicing, cider
Storage:  Good

Elstar

Elstar

Harvest Period:
late September

Flavor:  Sweet-tart, aromatic flavor
Parentage:  Golden Delicious x Ingrid Marie
Introduced:  1955
Origin:  Holland

Special Characteristics:  Popular variety in Europe
Best Use:  Fresh eating, cooking, drying, juicing
Storage:  Good

Empre

Empire

Harvest Period:
late September

Flavor:  Crisp, juicy, mildly tart
Parentage:  Red Delicious x McIntosh
Introduced:  1945
Origin:  New York

Special Characteristics:  Classic apple variety with McIntosh characteristics
Best Use:  Fresh eating, cooking
Storage:  Very good

Jonagold

Jonagold

Harvest Period:
early October

Flavor:  Crisp, juicy, sweet tart
Parentage:  Jonathan x Golden Delicious
Introduced:  1943
Origin:  New York State Ag Experiment Station

Special Characteristics:  Very popular, all-purpose variety
Best Use:  Fresh eating, saucing, baking
Storage:  Good

Jonathan

Jonathan

Harvest Period:
mid September

Flavor:  Balanced, sweet-tart flavor
Parentage:  Spitzenburg seedling
Introduced:  1826
Origin:  Woodstock, New York

Special Characteristics:  Excellent flavor makes this a common parent to many more modern varieties
Best Use:  Fresh eating, saucing
Storage:  Fair

King

King

Harvest Period:
mid September

Flavor:  Firm flesh, very flavorful
Parentage:  Chance seedling
Introduced:  1700’s
Origin:  East Coast, United States

Special Characteristics:  Often develops water core, a desireable concentration of sugars in the flesh
Best Use:  Fresh eating, baking, cooking
Storage:  Good

Liberty

Liberty

Harvest Period:
early October

Flavor:  Sweet-tart, delicious
Parentage:  Macoun
Introduced:  1978
Origin:  New York State Research Station, Geneva, NY

Special Characteristics:  Dark red skin produces pink applesauce when cooked.
Best Use:  Fresh eating, saucing, pies
Storage:  Good

McIntosh

McIntosh

Harvest Period:
mid September

Flavor:  Excellent flavor, mildly tart, aromatic
Parentage:  Unknown (Fameuse)
Introduced:  1820’s
Origin:  St Lawrence Valley, Ontario Canada

Special Characteristics:  Heirloom variety with very short window of availability
Best Use:  Saucing, pies
Storage:  Fair

Melrose

Melrose

Harvest Period:
mid October

Flavor:  Crisp, juicy, balanced flavor
Parentage:  Jonathan x Red Delicious
Introduced:  1944
Origin:  Ohio Ag Experiment Station, Wooster, Ohio

Special Characteristics:  An excellent all-purpose apple
Best Use:  Fresh eating, saucing, baking
Storage:  Good

Mutsu

Mutsu

Harvest Period:
mid October

Flavor:  Crisp, sweet and juicy
Parentage:  Golden Delicious
Introduced:  1930
Origin:  Japan

Special Characteristics:  Also known as ‘Crispin’
Best Use:  Saucing, baking, juicing
Storage:  Good

Rome Beauty

Rome Beauty

Harvest Period:
mid October

Flavor:  Sweet, mild, refreshing flavor
Parentage:  Unknown
Introduced:  1816
Origin:  Ohio

Special Characteristics:  Retains shape when baked for beautiful presentation
Best Use:  Cooking, drying
Storage:  Good

Spartan

Spartan

Harvest Period:
late September

Flavor:  Crisp, juicy with wine-like flavor
Parentage:  McIntosh x Unknown
Introduced:  1926
Origin:  Summerland Research Station, BC

Special Characteristics:  Sweet honey scent increases with age
Best Use:  Fresh eating, saucing, juicing, drying
Storage:  Fair

Esopus Spitzenburg apples grown by Michael Cirone (See Canyon) in San Luis Obispo, at the Santa Monica farmers market, 9/15/10 © David Karp

Spitzenburg

Harvest Period:
mid October

Flavor:  Firm, juicy flesh, aromatic, spicy flavor
Parentage:  Unknown
Introduced:  1800’s
Origin:  Esopus, New York

Special Characteristics:  Thought to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite
Best Use:  Fresh eating, saucing, juicing, pies
Storage:  Very good

Winter Banana

Winter Banana

Harvest Period:
mid October

Flavor:  Sweet and tangy with aromatic, juicy flesh
Parentage:  Unknown
Introduced:  1876
Origin:  Cass County, Indiana

Special Characteristics:  Excellent variety for making hard cider
Best Use:  Fresh eating, cooking, juicing, drying
Storage:  Good

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Braeburn

Braeburn

Harvest Period:
mid-late October

Flavor:  Crisp, juicy, tender skin, excellent flavor
Parentage:  Lady Hamilton x Granny Smith
Introduced:  1952
Origin:  New Zealand

Special Characteristics:  One of the best keeping of all the apples
Best Use:  Fresh eating, cooking, juicing, drying
Storage:  Excellent

Fuji

Fuji

Harvest Period:
mid-late October

Flavor:  Crisp, juicy, well-balanced flavor
Parentage:  Delicious x Ralls Janet
Introduced:  1962
Origin:  Japan

Special Characteristics:  One of the most popular modern apple varieties
Best Use:  Fresh eating, pies
Storage:  Excellent

Granny Smith

Granny Smith

Harvest Period:
late October

Flavor:  Very firm, tart and flavorful
Parentage:  Rome Beauty x French Crabapple (?)
Introduced:  1860
Origin:  Australia

Special Characteristics:  A favorite of those who love a tart apple
Best Use:  Fresh eating, saucing, juicing, hard cider, pies
Storage:  Excellent

Newtown Pippin

Newtown Pippin

Harvest Period:
early November

Flavor:  Full-flavored, aromatic, high in vitamin C
Parentage:  Unknown
Introduced:  1700’s
Origin:  Newtown, Long Island

Special Characteristics:  Made famous by Thomas Jefferson
Best Use:  Fresh eating, saucing, hard cider, pies
Storage:  Excellent

Northern Spy

Northern Spy

Harvest Period:
mid-late October

Flavor:  High quality, somewhat tart, aromatic
Parentage:  Unknown
Introduced:  1840’s
Origin:  Rochester, New York

Special Characteristics:  Introduced by farmer Oliver Chapin
Best Use:  Fresh eating, saucing, cider, pies
Storage:  Good

Roxbury Russett

Roxbury Russet

Harvest Period:
mid-late October

Flavor:  Very flavorful, dense flesh
Parentage:  Unknown, likely of European heritage
Introduced:  1625
Origin:  Roxbury, Massachusetts

Special Characteristics:  Distinctive russetted skin
Best Use:  Fresh eating, drying, hard cider, pies
Storage:  Very good

Stayman Winesap

Winesap

Harvest Period:
mid-late October

Flavor:  Moderately tart, firm and juicy
Parentage:  Unknown
Introduced:  1800’s
Origin:  Eastern United States

Special Characteristics:
Best Use:  Fresh eating, saucing, juicing, pies
Storage:  Very good

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Bartlett Green 2015

Bartlett

Harvest Period:
late August

Flavor:  Sweet, tender and juicy, traditional flavor
History:  Originally named ‘Williams’ pear
Introduced:  1765
Origin:  England

Special Characteristics:  Most popular variety for canning
Best Use:  Fresh eating, cooking, canning
Storage:  Very good

Bartlett Red 2015

Red Bartlett

Harvest Period:
late August

Flavor:  Sweet, juicy, identical in flavor to yellow Bartlett
History:  Discovered as a ‘bud sport’ on yellow Bartlett
Introduced:  1938
Origin:  Zillah, Washington

Special Characteristics:  Beautiful, deep red skin
Best Use:  Fresh eating, cooking, canning
Storage:  Very good

Apple Blossom

Anjou

Harvest Period:
late September

Flavor:  Sweet with slight citrus flavor
History:  Named after the Anjou region of France
Introduced:  1800’s
Origin:  Belgium

Special Characteristics:  An excellent all-purpose variety
Best Use:  Fresh eating, cooking, canning, desserts
Storage:  Very good

Apple Blossom

Comice

Harvest Period:
early November

Flavor:  Sweet, extremely juicy with creamy texture
History:  Also known as Doyenne du Comice
Introduced:  mid-1800’s
Origin:  Angers, France

Special Characteristics:  The sweetest, juiciest pear when fully ripe
Best Use:  Fresh eating, desserts
Storage:  Very good

Apple Blossom

Seckel

Harvest Period:
mid Septbember

Flavor:  Sweet, highly flavorful
History:  Also known as ‘Sugar Pears’
Introduced:  1800’s
Origin:  Possible wild seedling in Philadelphia, PA

Special Characteristics:  Very petite, but packed with flavor
Best Use:  Fresh eating, canning, great for snacking
Storage:  Very good

Apple Blossom

Asian Pears

Harvest Period:
late August – early September

Flavor:  Sweet, crisp, juicy flavor
Variety:  Nijisseiki (aka ’20th Century’)
Introduced:  Unknown
Origin:  Asia

Special Characteristics:  Distinctive texture, somewhere between an apple and a pear
Best Use:  Fresh eating, drying
Storage:  Very good