Alyson’s Orchard

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…

Double Vision (and Apple Squares)

MANY NEW ENGLAND ORCHARDS offer spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Situated atop hills, overlooking valleys, or nestled in among the…

Celebrating Cider

IF APPLES were not remarkable enough for their variety for fresh eating or their versatility when cooked, they are utterly…

An Uplifting Apple Hash

IT STANDS TO REASON that the apple — that most gregarious of foods — would get along famously with the…

It’s a Beautiful Day in the New England Orchard!

THE BLOSSOMS are peaking now at many New England orchards, and close up or from a distance, it is a…

New England’s Insatiable Thirst for Apple Cider

A RENEWED INTEREST IN APPLE CIDER, fresh and hard, is evident wherever it is sold. Visitors to the New England…

Pears with Apples (Like Shamrock, Honeycrisp, and Hudson’s Golden Gem)

PEARS PLAY a supporting role to apples in New England. You never hear of a pear orchard with a few apple…

Classic Cookers: Northern Spy, Baldwin, and Rhode Island Greening

A CENTURY AGO they were the three most popular varieties in the Northeast. Today, Baldwin, Rhode Island Greening, and Northern…