The Big Apple

Apple Rhapsody

“A WORD OF CAUTION to those entering an apple orchard for the first time: the experience can be overwhelming. Apples are…

Empire apples on the tree at Ragged Hill Orchard, West Brookfield, Massachusetts. (Russell Steven Powell photo)
Mid-season pleasures: Empire and Spencer

IT TAKES YEARS, sometimes decades, between the time an apple variety is discovered and it becomes available to the public….

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…

Fresh Spencers In Mrs. Cheney’s Nobby Apple Cake

ONE OF THE NEWER and less heralded of the offspring of McIntosh is Spencer. Spencer is a cross of McIntosh…

A Healthy Outlook For New England Apples; Introducing Akane and Sansa

NEW ENGLAND’S APPLE ORCHARDS expect a good crop this fall with an estimated 3.5 million 42-pound boxes, just under the…

Orange New England apples

MOST PEOPLE THINK RED first when they think of apples. This takes in a multitude of varieties, after all, like…