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MATURE
DATE
VARIETY TASTE
&
COLOR
USES
June (late) Lodi Very Tart Apple Sauce, frying
July (mid) Earli-Gold Tart, green/yellow (June type) Sauce & frying
July (mid) Monarch Tart, red & green Sauce, pies, etc.
July (late) Sansa Similar to Gala Fresh eating
August (early) Mollies Delicious Sweet, large red Eating & salads
August (early) Zestar Sweet-tart, red over green All purpose
August (mid) Gala Sweet, red/orange Eating, salads, etc.
August (mid) Ginger-Gold Semi-tart, pale gold Eating, cooking, etc.
August (late) Jonathan Tart, red All purpose
August (late) Honeycrisp Complex sweet, yellow orange Fresh eating
August (late) McIntosh Semi-tart, green/red All purpose (great for apple butter)
August (late) Sweet Sixteen Sweet and complex All purpose
September (early) Cortland Semi-tart, red/green All purpose, especially salads
September (early) Daybreak Sweet, Red/Green Eating & Salads
September (early) Dolly Rose Sweet, large red Fresh eating
  DOLLY ROSE is an apple we found in our Empire trees. This sport is a good tasting apple, but it is not a long keeper. It would be good to use in recipes you do not want to add sugar to such as unsweetened apple butter or no sugar added applesauce. This apple is only grown here at our orchard. It is a red sweet summer apple. Some years it is very large, but typically a midsize apple.
September (early) Jonagold Sweet, gold blush All purpose
September (early) Pixie Crunch Sweet, small red Fresh eating
September (mid) Crimson Crisp Red, Tart  
September (mid) Empire Sweet-tart, red All purpose
September (mid) Golden Delicious Sweet, yellow All purpose
September (mid) Golden Russett Semi-sweet, rusty All purpose
September (mid) Grimes Golden Sweet, golden All purpose
September (mid) Hidden Rose green with pink center All purpose
September (mid) Ida Red Semi-tart, red All purpose
September (mid) Liberty Tart, red Eating, pies, apple butter, etc.
September (mid) Melrose Semi-tart, rusty red Apple butter, pies, etc.
September (mid) Red Delicious Sweet, red Eating
September (mid) Red Spy Red, full flavor All purpose
September (mid) Stellar Yellow, sweet All purpose
September (late) Ben Davis Tart Red/green All purpose
September (late) Cameo Sweet, red All purpose
September (late) Candy Crisp Super Sweet, yellow Fresh Eating
September (late) Hewes Crab Tart Jellies
September (late) Lady Small, Sweet Decorations, Novelity
September (late) Mutsu/ Crispin Sweet, golden green All purpose
September (late) Roxbury Russett Tart, Rusty Gold Cooking
September (late) Stark Winesap Red, Semi-tart All purpose
September (late) Stayman Winesap Semi-tart, rusty red All purpose
September (late) Sun Crisp Semi-Sweet, Yellow All purpose
September (late) Wine Crisp Burnt Red, tart spicy All Purpose
September (late) Winter Redflesh Tart, Small Red Apple Jelly
October (early) Enterprise Tart-sweet, red All purpose
October (early) Rome Sweet-tart, Red Baking, Butters
October (early) York Tart, red/golden orange Eating, pies and apple butter
October (mid) Fuji Sweet, red & green Eating, long keeper
October (mid) Gold Rush Tart, rusty yellow & green All purpose
October (late) Arkansas Black Semi-tart, dark plum red Best for storing & eating after Jan 1
October (late) Bushy Mountian Tart, red/green Long Keeper
October (late) Sundowner Tart, Yellow Cooking
October (late) Granny Smith Tart, green Pies, fresh eating
November (early) Pink Lady Tart, pink Long Keeper, All Purpose

All dates can change due to seasonal weather patterns.

Of all our apple varieties, the Lady apple is one of the oldest recorded types. Also known as the Pomme d' Api, the Lady apple is said to date back to the Roman Empire Era. The Lady is a very small, sweet, firm, winter apple that is red on one side and pale yellow and off-white on the other side.

If you do not see your favorites here, e-mail or phone us and we will let you know if we have what you are looking for. Due to mother nature our availability of each variety changes with seasons.

STORAGE OF APPLES

Place apples in a clear plastic bag (without holes). You can use a large zip type bag or use a bag with a tie wrapper, place in your refigerator to keep them crisp. Larger apples have a shorter storage life than small ones, use the large ones first. Apples left at room temperature should be used within a few weeks. Some apples store much longer than others. Ask us which apples store the best and we will be glad to help.


Photo by: Betty Hall copyright

BLACKBERRIES

Our varieties of blackberries are all thornless and begin ripening early to mid July. They will be available into late August.

BLACK RASPBERRIES and RED RASPBERRIES

Sweet and full of flavor. These black jewels are a treat to any palette. Picking season mid June to July. The red raspberries have two picking seasons, first one is Mid June to July. Last one is late August thru September.

BLUEBERRIES

These great tasting berries are one of our favorite berries. Besides tasting so good, the are good for you!!!! Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants! Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) have found that blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful by-products of metabolism called "free radicals" that can lead to cancer and other age related diseases. In addition to health they have visual appeal, intense blue color and sweet delectable flavor.

Blueberries are a healthy and convenient food. Delicious, sweet blues are low in fat and a great source of fiber as well as vitamin C. One cup serving of fresh blueberries (about 80 calories) will give you five grams of fiber, that is more than most fruits and vegetables.

After visiting growers and feasting on berries from Massachusetts, Maine and Oregon we decided we had to have our own! Our first full crop arrived in 2002. We have several varieties and plan on planting more each year.

You can pick your own and save! If you need a large quantity pre-picked, please phone ahead and reserve (859) 987-6480. You may want to check out our blackberries when you call or visit, they mix very well to make a fantastic blackberry, blueberry jam (aka black & blue).

Come on down to the valley and enjoy our Kentucky fresh blueberries beginning mid June through mid August. Mark your calendar for Blueberry Jubilee and Pancake Day.

PEARS (European & Asian)

 

"Pear blossoms"
photo by: Joni Campbell

Dates pears ripen can vary a week or more. For correct dates call the orchard and ask what is in season. Our pears begin ripening in early August and end in October. They include Shinsui (late July), Kosui (early August),  Magness & Maxine (mid August), Chojuro (early September),  Meigeitsu & Harrow Sweet (mid September), Korean Giant (late September/ early October).

PEACHES

Because of the weather conditions, mother nature sometimes takes the lovely fruits from us for a season, therefore, the varieties available depend on the lack of late frost.

VARIETY MATURE DATE TYPE
Glengo Early July Semi-Freestone
Sugar May Early July White Cling
Gala Early July Semi-Freestone
Sentry Early July Semi-Freestone
Redhaven Mid July Semi-Freestone
Flat Yummy Mid July Cling Donut
John Boy Mid July Freestone
Flat Honey Dew Mid July White Cling Donut
Flat Wonderful Mid July Cling Donut
Lucky 13 Late July Freestone
Flaming Fury Late July Freestone
Coralstar Late July Freestone
Jumbo Early August Freestone
Blushing Star Early August White Freestone
Contender Early August Freestone
Redskin Mid August Freestone
Messina Mid August Freestone
Autum Star Late August Freestone

All our peaches are yellow flesh peaches unless noted as white. Freestone peaches usually pull away from the seed but need to be picked fully ripe for best taste and for the seed to pull away from the peach.

Type Name Type Description
Freestone Seed pulls away from peach
Semi-freestone Seed sometimes clings to peach
Cling Seed must be cut away from peach

PUMPKINS, SQUASH, GOURDS AND CUSHAW

We usually begin picking these late September or first of October through frost time. They should also be available in our country store through Thanksgiving. Come enjoy picking your own from the patch.

GIFT BOXES

Gift boxes are available by phoning (859) 987-6480 or by sending us and e-mail. We will get back with you. Apples that do not ripen until September are best for shipping. We can have your gift box ready when you arrive.

 


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