MOST NEW ENGLAND APPLE GROWERS feature a range of varieties, including classics like Cortland and McIntosh that ripen in early to mid-September, and popular newer apples like Gala and Honeycrisp.
They are ready for pick-your-own and are filling the bins and baskets wherever New England apples are sold.
This varietal mix is varied enough to satisfy most people, whether they prefer a sweet or a tart apple.
Yet one of the beguiling qualities of applesis their sheer number, and their seasons within seasons. From August to November in the orchard, a steady succession of varieties provides an endless treat for the taste buds.
This holiday weekend brings many of these varieties together at their fresh peak. It is an ideal time to stock up on your favorites or discover some exciting new tastes.
No two orchards are the same. The apples listed here are just a fraction of the more than 200 varieties grown in New England!
To learn more about an apple and to find out where it is grown, consult the Apple finder on our home page, newenglandapples.org.
As always, call the orchard ahead to see what is picking, and when.
Click on the apple or orchard name to learn more about it!
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NEW ENGLAND’S APPLE GROWERS do a remarkable job producing beautiful fruit that is as good to look at as it is good to eat, year after year. But among many thousands of harvested apples, there are bound to be some blemishes.
This year, consumers may find more blemishes than usual, the result of frost damage. New England’s May 18 frost killed the nascent flower buds in many orchards. But many apples survived.
These apples are perfectly good to eat but some are misshapen or have a scarring pattern on their skin. It is harmless and tasteless.
Don’t reject a delicious apple due to this cosmetic flaw!
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THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND may get off to a rainy start, but Sunday and Monday should be perfect fall days, with temperatures in the 60s — ideal for visiting an orchard and sampling the season’s wares.