Apples and Pears





September 27:

The Honey Gold, Halred and Haralson apples are being picked, and available in pre-priced tote bags for $4 at our self service table at the pole building, 8 am to 6 pm.  Call for larger quantities.  Really an amazing crop!

We have some really nice pears too.  Great for fresh eating, sauce, pie, muffins, or canning.  They are at our self service table at the pole building  sold prepicked in paper tote bags for $1/#.  Larger quantities available in boxes, contact us ahead at 651.464.0735.  Hurry, they are going fast.


 
Our apple trees are:
  • Oriole - a softer early apple which has a distinctive flavor all its own.
  • Zestar! - one of the crisper early apples and some people prefer the flavor over honey crisp.
  • Haralson - a favorite cooking apple which stays moderately firm upon cooking.  It has a good apple flavor but is not as sweet as Honey Gold.
  • Halred - a redder version of Haralson that tends to be somewhat sweeter than Haralson.
  • Honey Gold - a cross between Haralson and yellow delicious.  A very good eating apple that is sweet with a tender skin.
  • Honey Crisp - the one that everyone talks about.  Very crisp and sweet.  Best for fresh eating, but I have not found an apple that does not make an excellent pie!
  • Keepsake - one of the parents of Honey Crisp.  This apple does not develop its true flavor until December.  Very crisp and a sweet apple. It will keep under normal refrigeration until May.


  • We do not use any chemical thinners on the trees and hand thin each tree to provide the size and spacing needed for the fruit to mature to a nice size.
     
    We let the apples remain on the tree as long as possible to allow the starches to develop into sugars resulting in sweeter apples.