Apple Picking Schedule

Every season is different, and ripening dates can change dramatically depending on the weather. The chart below is the 2014 picking schedule.  Always check our home page for what is currently available.

Click on any variety name below for more information.

Variety
September
October
Early
MidLateEarlyMidLate
Paula Red

Paula Red

Paula Red

This is a perfect summer apple, one of our earliest ones. It was named for the wife of the horticulturalist who first propogated it.

Character

  • White flesh that softens as it ripens
  • Beautiful redish-pink skin
  • Crisp, tart and sweet
  • Keeps in the fridge crisper for up to two weeks

Usage

  • Excellent welcome eating at the start of the season
  • Best applesauce! No additional sugar is required
  • Our first batches of apple butter are made with this variety
Ready for picking!
Ready for picking!
Ginger Gold

Ginger Gold

Ginger Gold

The Ginger Gold is a welcomed and honored first apple of the season, with a loyal local following- folks ask for this apple as early as July, and anticipate getting in on the small quantity that we harvest.

Character

  • Initially pale green ripe off the tree, then changing to a soft yellow as the apple continues to ripen
  • Sweet, mildly tart, with a lemony finish
  • Slow to brown when sliced

Usage

  • Desert apple! Slice these thin and pair with sharp cheddar cheese
  • Great in salads, as they retain color and don’t turn brown
  • A baker!
Ready for picking!
Ready for picking!
Hyslop Crabapple

Crabapples (Hyslop)

Crabapples (Hyslop)

This is an exceptionally large crabapple, which is sometimes mistaken for a plum, when viewed on the tree from a distance.

Character

  • Large, brilliantly colored, dark red or purple
  • Tart, 12% sugar

Usage

  • Lovely when pickled, or canned with a cinnamon sugar syrup
  • Makes beautiful and delicious jelly
Ready for picking!
Ready for picking!
McIntosh

McIntosh

McIntosh

The McIntosh becomes ripe in late September, despite pleas from the public to make these available sooner. It is traditionally the most popular cultivar in New England. Many consider it a superior eating apple, as well as suited for applesauce, cider, and pies.

Character

  • Red and green skin, with flecks of tiny white dots
  • Sweet with a tart tang
  • Juicy
  • Tender, white flesh

Usage

  • Consdiered a superior eating apple
  • Lovely sauce, no sugar required
  • Softens more readily than other varieties
Ready for picking!
Ready for picking!
Cortland

Cortland

Cortland

After the many attribute sof the McIntosh were discovdered, plant breeders began crossing it with other varieties to enhance its traits. One of the earliest was the Cortland, combined with the Ben Davis variety.

Character

  • Striped crimson color against yellow-green background
  • Sweet with a hint of tartness
  • Juicy
  • Snow white flesh
  • Retains color after being sliced

Usage

  • Considered by Emily as the most versatile apple in the orchard, good for all possible uses, including freezing or canning sliced.
  • Sets a high standard as a utility apple
  • Considered a keeper- will keep in fridge or root cellar through the December holidays
  • Try these on a barbeque kabob, put on a fruit plate sliced
  • Decorative- a traditional looking apple

Ready for picking!
Ready for picking!
Empire

Empire

Empire

The Empire is a New York apple, a cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious. It has a substantial fan club at Hope Orchard; Emily belongs to it!

Character

  • Red!
  • Medium size makes it a manageable meal
  • Sweet/tart blend
  • Perfect autumn apple crunch when you bite into it
  • White flesh doesn’t oxidize, so it will remain white when cut and left out

Usage

  • Processed with some Macouns and Spartans, and milled, it will yield a sweet, rosy sauce that requires no extra sugar, and freezes excellently in freezer ziplock bags.
  • Keeps well into the winter months
  • Salad or fruit plates, this apple retains it’s natural white color
  • Perfect lunchbox apple
Ready for picking!
Ready for picking!
Macoun

Macoun

Macoun

You decide how to pronounce this one: rhyme it with “McTown” or say the “coun” syllable as “Coon.” Join us in the speculation. Either way, this is by far our most popular apple, with an extensive following. This is Brien’s personal favorite overall. It is a cross between McIntosh and Arkansas Black.

Character

  • Dark red skin
  • Extra sweet; aromatic- that perfect autumn apple scent
  • Very juicy, tender white flesh, with hint of berry flavor

Usage

  • Regarded as one of the finest cooking apples in New England
  • Best off the tree consumption!
  • Excellent apple sauce for now or this winter
  • Pair with a variety of cheese
Ready for picking!
Ready for picking!
Spartan

Spartan

Spartan

This apple is considered the best all-purpose apple.

Character

  • Medium size makes it eater friendly
  • Crisp is it’s middle name
  • Bright red blush on green yellow background
  • Hint of Red
  • Delicious flavor

Usage

  • Mix this one with Macoun and Empires, process with peel left on, and the result is a sweet, perfect rose colored sauce
  • Excellent for dehydrating
Ready for picking!
Ready for picking!
Northern Spy

Northern Spy

Northern Spy

This is a mid to late October apple.

Character

  • Green with red stripes, sometimes described as “salmon colored.”
  • Tart, lower sugar content than many apples
  • Hard crunchy flesh

Usage

  • One of the best keeper/storage apples, reported to be kept well into spring
  • Large; three to four will make a pie
  • Good cider apple
Ready for picking!
Ready for picking!
Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious

Don’t begin to compare this apple with what is available in the grocery store. Just come and pick one fresh off the tree in late October. It is a completely different experience.

Character

  • Sweet mild flavor
  • Juicy
  • Crisp, light yellow flesh
  • Sometimes likened to a pear in flavor

Usage

  • Makes a yummy late autumn lumpy and warm sauce when peeled, chunked, and lightly steamed
  • Bakes very well
  • Reported as an excellent keeper
  • Do not dehydrate; flavor is compromised
Ready for picking!
Ready for picking!
Bosc

Bosc

Bosc

Bosc’s are gorgeous when on the tree; they look like holiday tree ornaments!

Character

  • Long tapered neck
  • “Lemony”
  • Dense, crisp, smooth flesh
  • Russetted skin

Usage

  • Keep well
  • Ripen in a closed paper bag , or inside a cupbard- darkness is helpful!
  • Poach in red wine
  • Salad: Roast and serve with blue cheese and Balsamic vinegar atop a bed of greens
  • Serve in thin slices alongside vanilla ice cream, drizzled with brandy
Ready for picking!
Ready for picking!
Red Delicious

Red Delicious

Red Delicious

This was a “chance” seedling, as many cultivars, developed by accident, in East Peru, Iowa, in 1868. Our Red Delicious ripen at the very end of our season, so fans have to be patient to pick this ripe fruit, as late as Halloween.

Character

  • Distinct shape and ruby color
  • Sweet and juicy
  • Crisp flesh
  • Slow to ripen; best if kept cool throughout the ripening process, once picked

Usage

  • Excellent fresh eating
  • Salad potential, especially Waldorf
  • Display or ornamental apple
Ready for picking!
Golden Russet

Golden Russet

Golden Russet

These apples look lovely on the trees in late fall, contrasting with the other shades of yellow, orange, red, and green.

Character

  • Distinctive greenish yellow with wash of a rough golden brown
  • Medium sized apple
  • Firm, hard flesh
  • Has it’s very own fan club, mostly of whom have fond childhood memories of this apple kept until the December holidays

Usage

  • Cider apple
  • Bake with a mix of other varieties
  • Fruit bowl display
Ready for picking!
Tolman Sweet

Tolman Sweet

Tolman Sweet

This very dry firm apple has a unique following of loyal fans, many of whom recall eating a Tolman Sweet as a child.

Character

  • Pronounced sweet flavor despite highly crisp firm texture
  • Medium sized, rectangular shape
  • Pale yellow skin with red blush and/or russet lines

Usage

  • Was considered one of the best for dehydrating in it’s early development; still a good bet
  • Good for cider pressing as well as baking and saucing
Ready for picking!

Orchard Hours

  • September
    Friday-Sunday 9am-5pm
  • October
    Wednesday-Thursday 12pm-6pm
    Friday-Sunday 9am-5pm

Guidelines for Pick Your Own

  • Bring-Your-Own bags welcome
  • Pick Gently
  • Don’t Climb
  • No Pets Please
  • Have Fun!

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