SOME OF THE BEST APPLES of the New England harvest ripen in October. As days grow shorter and nights get cooler, the apples gain in spiciness, intensity, and complexity.
These varieties can’t be missed if you are to experience the apple’s astonishing range of textures, colors, and flavors. It’s a great time to be at the orchard!
Click on the link for each apple to see it up close and learn about its history and best uses — and where to find it.
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More than most years, there is great variability in this year’s crop. Some orchards experienced storm damage or had smaller-than-normal crops.
Ripening times vary in New England, and pick-your-own has been so popular this fall that some orchards are closing as early as this weekend. If you are hunting for certain late-season varieties, this is not the year to put it off!
Even without pick-your-own, though, there are plenty of places to find new or favorite apples. Most farm stands and orchard stores will remain open throughout the fall, and if you can’t make it out to the orchard, look for New England apples in your grocery store.
As always, use the Orchard Finder to contact you favorite orchard or to seek a new destination.
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ENJOY a leisurely scroll through this virtual “orchard” to learn more about some of these late-season apples and a few of the places that grow them.