New England orchards

Flowers in the Orchard

APPLE GROWERS are great gardeners. It stands to reason, as they have the skills and passion for growing things on…

When To Pick Apples, and Apple Pie Pancake

APPLE SEASON is full upon us! But depending on where you live, you may find some varieties are earlier than…

Sizing Up the 2019 Apple Crop, and a Fulfilling Apple Hero

NEW ENGLAND EXPECTS an average to above-average 2019 apple crop in most locations. The season has been running a little…

Get Early Season Apples While They’re Hot

THERE ARE some outstanding early season New England apples that are already being harvested, or soon to be picked, from…

Glazed Apple Cookies (Russell Steven Powell)
Ron Hackett’s Cider Donuts and Favorite Apple Cookies

RON AND CELIA HACKETT have been growing apples for more than 50 years in South Hero, Vermont, on the southern…

Green Mountain Orchards, Putney, Vermont. (Russell Steven Powell)
How to Make the Perfect Apple Pie

A FRIEND recently wrote to us, asking for advice on making the perfect apple pie for Thanksgiving. We immediately directed him…

Winning Apple Pies

CONGRATULATIONS to the wife-and-husband team of Lori and Michael Meiners and their four-year-old son, Jack, winners in this year’s Great…

Mutsu apple at Mack's Apples, Londonderry, New Hampshire (Russell Steven Powell)
Pies, Brownies, and Late-Season Apple Gold

WITH FROST expected over most of the region over the next few days, the fresh apple harvest is likely headed…

Baldwin apples, Pine Hill Orchards, Colrain, Massachusetts (Russell Steven Powell)
Classic Heirlooms: Baldwin and Northern Spy

THEY NO LONGER dominate the New England apple industry, but Baldwin and Northern Spy are two delicious heirlooms that remain…

Empire apples, Dowse Orchards, Sherborn, Massachusetts (Russell Steven Powell)
Empire and Jonagold: Great Apples By Any Name

EMPIRE AND JONAGOLD apples have a lot in common. They are mid- to late-season apples with outstanding flavor and texture….

Macoun apples earlier this month at Easy Pickin's Orchard, Enfield, Connecticut, are now available at most New England orchards. (Russell Steven Powell)
Macoun Lovers, Rejoice!

MACOUN LOVERS, rejoice! Your apple has come in. This exquisitely flavored apple, the favorite fresh eating of many, is now…

A sample of entries in the Great New England Apple Pie Contest. (Russell Steven Powell)
Apple Pie Bakers, Start Your Ovens!

ANY TIME is a good time for apple pie, but the bountiful fresh harvest presents plentiful opportunities for experimenting or…