Orchard Varieties

The bulk of our apple varieties are harvested in October, which makes it a great time to visit our farm.  Join us for our Heirloom Apple Festival to celebrate the abundance of our fall harvest.  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.  As always, we take special orders for boxes of apples (40lb and 20lb).  Call us to place your order!

  • 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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Description:

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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Description:

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