applesandpears

Apples and Pears

We have started harvesting apples and pears

As of 9/11/2022, we will be closed for a few days to let the fall apples fully ripen. When we have some fall pears and apples ready to pick and offer for sale, we will update and open again. The apples and pears will be available on our self service table in prepriced tote bags. 8 am to 7 pm. For larger quantities please contact us at 651-464-0735.

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.


Our pear trees are:

  • Summercrisp - an early pear which is slightly sweet and crisp.

  • Lucsious - a later pear, sweet and juicy with softer flesh.

Covered Bridge Farm, llc

18655 Forest Blvd.

Forest Lake, MN 55025

(651) 464-0735