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Blossom Time!

THE ORCHARD is a beautiful place at any time of year, and the start of the growing season, spring bloom, is…

Apple Art

APPLES HAVE INSPIRED countless artists over the centuries, attracted by their dazzling colors, interesting shapes, and iconic cultural status. A…

A Healthy Outlook for New England Apples

WHILE THE 2020 CROP was smaller than normal, there are plenty of crisp, delicious New England apples available at many orchards,…

Scandinavian Apple Cake for the Holidays

RECIPE CARDS are in some respects like heirloom apples. They are both direct descendants of their ancestors. They add flavor to…

AppleFest 2017. (Bar Lois Weeks)
Apple Pie Times

IT’S NO WONDER that we have felt apple-pie deprived this fall. Consider: FORTUNATELY, Joanne DiNardo and Nina Scott came to the…

The Orchard’s Dazzling Foliage

THE APPLES ARE IN (except for a few stragglers), and now our attention shifts from the orchard to the supermarkets, farm…

All Things ConCidered

To see how cider is made, watch this seven-minute video. THIS WEEKEND marks the official celebration of the 26th annual Franklin County CiderDays,…

Raise a Toast to CiderDays and John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed)!

IT IS ONLY FITTING that, during the week leading up to what would have been a three-day celebration of apple cider,…

10 Overlooked Apples for Apple Lemon Cake

PART OF THE BEAUTY of New England’s orchards is their diversity, in size, location, crops, and, especially, their apple varieties. More…

Russets: Small Size, Big Flavor

THEY ARE AMONG the most flavorful of apples. They excel in ciders, fresh and hard. Yet russet apples remain a mystery…

Great October Apples

SOME OF THE BEST APPLES of the New England harvest ripen in October. As days grow shorter and nights get cooler,…

An Apple By Any Other Name

EMPIRE AND JONAGOLD, two of the best later-season apples, are now ready at New England orchards, farm stands, and grocery stores….