Pine Hill Orchards

The World’s Second-Best Apple Pickles

WE HAD NEVER HEARD of apple pickles before Jim Bair, president and CEO of USApple, casually mentioned them at dinner…

Apples for All Ages and Places

IF, as the English poet and hymnodist William Cowper (1731-1800) said, “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all…

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…

Apple Stir-Fry

FEW DISHES are as satisfying and easy to prepare as a stir-fry. Just coat the bottom of a skillet with…

A Corporate Giant Slams New England Apple Growers

JONAGOLD is one of the finest apples grown in New England. In taste tests, consumers rate it highly — as high…

Wealthy, Hermits, and the 2016 New England Apple Crop

WEALTHY, like the late-season apple Northern Spy, is a variety that was first grown in another state with seeds from…

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…

What is the Best Pie Apple?

AFTER TWO MONTHS of intensive research, we are forced to admit failure — once again — in our perennial quest…

New England Apples from Neighboring New York

ALTHOUGH THEY SOMETIMES COMPETE in the marketplace, New England and New York apple growers have a long tradition of cooperation…

Rare, Strange, and Delicious: English Apples in New England

IT HAS NOT PRODUCED a new apple for a century. Its apples are typically small — in one instance, no bigger than…

McIntosh Plus: New England Apples from Canada

IF McINTOSH were its sole contribution, Canada would occupy a special place among producers of New England apples. McIntosh has…

Early Apple Season Entries Jersey Mac and Williams’ Pride

WHEN IT COMES TO APPLES, New England truly is a melting pot. In addition to the dozens of varieties discovered…