For more up to date weekly picking information, refer to Our Blog, Facebook Fanpage or call the farm at 508-378-2270. Keep in mind conditions stated on our blog or phone message are generally as of the start of the weekend. While we try to be as accurate as possible, we cannot control or predict nature, people, or planets…therefore conditions may vary by the time you show up to pick. It’s not our fault, really.
Harvest Date (approximate)*
Consistency When Cooked
|McIntosh||Labor Day–Mid-September||Excellent||Excellent||Good||Tart early in season. Sweet later.||Soft|
|Macoun||Mid-September||Excellent||Excellent||Good||Tart early in season. Sweet later.||Soft, Juicy|
|Cortland||Mid-Late September||Excellent||Good||Excellent||Mildly sweet||Firm, Drier|
|Honey Crisp||Mid-September||Excellent||Excellent||Good||Sweet. Mild pear flavor.||Firm, Juicy|
|Empire||Late September-Early October||Excellent||Good||Fair||Mildly sweet||Moderately Firm|
|Red Delicious||Early October||Good||Fair||Poor||Mildly sweet||Firm, Dry|
|Northern Spy||Mid-Late October||Good||Excellent||Excellent||Tart early in season. Sweet later.||Firm|
|Yellow Delicious||Mid-October||Excellent||Good||Good||Mildly sweet||Soft|
|Mutsu||Mid-Late October||Good||Excellent||Excellent||Tart early in season. Sweet later.||Moderately Firm|
|Russet||Mid-Late October||Good||Excellent||Excellent||Tart||Moderately Firm|
|Granny Smith||Mid-October||Excellent||Good||Excellent||Mildly Tart||Moderately Firm|
|Baldwin||Mid-Late October||Good||Excellent||Excellent||Mildly Tart||Firm|
|Rome||Mid-October||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent||Mildly sweet||Moderately Firm|
*Harvest Dates are approximations only. Weather can have an extreme affect and can vary harvest dates by as much as two weeks and variety availability.
**Chart is for guidance only. All usage is subject to individual taste and cooking abilities. Experiment by mixing and matching varieties to suite your taste.
***Note that not all of the varieties listed may be available every season. Trees sometimes “take a break” and do not produce a crop!
NUTRITIONAL VALUE (from various sources)
Apples are low in calories; 100 g of fresh fruit slices provide only 50 calories. The fruit contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is rich in dietary fiber, which helps prevent absorption of dietary LDL cholesterol. The dietary fibers also help protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.
Apple fruit contains good quantities of vitamin-C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
Apples are rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrients flavonoids and polyphenols. The total measured anti-oxidant strength (ORAC value) of 100 g apple fruit is 5900 TE. The important flavonoids in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2. Apples are also good in tartaric acid that gives tart flavor to them. These compounds help the body protect from deleterious effects of free radicals.
In addition, apple fruit is a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Together these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in various synthetic functions inside the body.
Apple also contains small amount of minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids and helps control heart rate and blood pressure; thus countering the bad influences of sodium.