A gardener first and foremost, of course, on a grand scale.
An arborist; while most grow other fruits, flowers, and vegetables, caring for trees is their primary concern.
An apple grower is a business owner and mechanic; a marketer and ecologist.
An apple grower is an artist, continually sculpting an ever-changing landscape throughout the seasons.
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ONE OF THE GREAT VIRTUES of New England’s small to medium-sized orchards, many of them family owned (some for generations), is that visitors get to see firsthand how their apples are grown, and often meet the grower — if he or she is not too busy.
Here are some of your apple-growing neighbors. We’ll feature more in future posts.
Click on the apple or orchard’s name to read more about it!
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THE 2022 FRESH APPLE HARVEST is nearly done, with late-season varieties like EverCrisp and Pink Lady (Cripps Pink) among the last to leave the trees.
While some smaller orchards and pick-your-owns are now closed, for many growers the season has just begun.
THIS IS A GREAT TIME to breathe the cool, crisp air in the expanse of an orchard, lightly perfumed with apples; to sip a tall cider, bake a pie, or simply crunch into a late-season Fuji or Mutsu (Crispin), or an heirloom like Baldwin and Northern Spy.
Crisp Macs, Cortlands, Honeycrisp, and a host of other New England apples are filling produce aisles in grocery stores and supermarkets for those who cannot make it to an orchard (the aroma is nearly as strong — and free).
Locally grown apples will be available throughout winter and spring. Be sure to ask for them!
Apples and colorful foliage are synonymous with a New England fall. Both remain in abundance at the orchard.