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Apples

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Cortland
Ripens Late September to Early October

This is a creation from S.A. Beach, one of America’s best known apple aficionados and orchardist. Cortland is a cross between Ben Davis and McIntosh and was introduced in 1915. It is a large striped apple flushed with deep red. The sweet white flesh is fine-grained and crisp, yet tender. It is slow to brown, making it great for salad or slices and has slight vinous flavor. Fruit hangs well on the tree, stores well, and bears early and abundantly. This is the first apple cultivar from a planned US project. It has a great history, taste, and performance!
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Liberty
Ripens Early October

For the late season, this apple is also one of our favorites (we all need to cultivate our liberty in our own back yard!) With its tendency to crop early and heavily, the Liberty needs to be thinned or pruned to ensure proper sizing.  It is also very resistant to Apple Scab, Cedar Apple Rust, and Fire Blight making it easy to grow and low maintenance. This medium sized apple is 90% red marbled over a yellow background.  The crisp flesh is off white, coarse, juicy, and sweet, with a little tartness as well.  Many people love the ease of growing this productive variety!         Zone 4
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Cox Orange Pippin
Ripens Early October

This is a cornerstone apple from which many varieties now come. Cox is the standard for flavor by which all apples are judged. Originally from England in 1830, Cox Orange Pippin is believed to be a Ribston Pippin (seedling). When ripe it has an aromatic, rich, sweet flavor that is enhanced by a honeyed, spicy, pear-like flavor. The flesh is firm and creamy, yet holds up well under cooking. The apple is small to medium in size, flat round, with brick colored tones over yellow and green with some russetting. It is slow to produce and not a heavy bearer. Cox needs a long summer, like England, but those who venture a try will not be disappointed in this bite of history. Keeps for 2 to 3 months, that is if you have any left…
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Empire
Ripens Early October

Introduced in 1945 as a cross between McIntosh and Delicious, Empire is great producer. It is similar to McIntosh, but stores better and resists bruising. The skin is dark red to purplish at times. The flesh is white, very crisp, with hints of that sharp McIntosh flavor. It has strong upright growth and is consistent good apple, but requires thinning to maintain size.
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®Fuji, Beni Shogun
September

People love the flavor and sweetness of Fuji, but most places here in the Inland North West can’t ripen it. This variety ripens a whole month earlier with the same great taste!
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Jonagold
Ripens Mid October

This wonderful apple is a cross of two American favorites, Jonathan and Golden Delicious. The fruit is large to very large, round, big shouldered, small cored, and is striped with scarlet when fully ripe. The flesh is firm, crisp, white, and sweet. It is always a favorite at apple taste tests. It also makes great sauce, pies, and crisps, and it dries wonderfully. The tree is very productive and vigorous, but will not work as a pollinator. Zone 5

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Pears

Pear trees are very large this year. They will need pruning. Please see our planting instructions for suggestions or we can send you a PDF with some great suggestions!

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Clapp’s Favorite
Early August

This is a farmers favorite of mine. The yellow pears are slightly blushed and are huge, sweet, and you’ll need a pickup truck to haul the load off a mature tree. Yeppers, this tree produces em’ by the bushel. It does not keep well and the fruit “must” be picked green and allowed to ripen or the core goes bad. But if you want to fill the pantry with canned, dried, and frozen pears, this is the tree to get it done. Self fertile, but does better with pollinator. Fruit is fine grained, melting, and very aromatic.
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Bosc
Mid to Late September

I love the unique musky flavor of this pear! It an amazing keeper (It will start to dry in the box before it goes bad - they’re so tough), crops early and consistently, and blooms late to escape the frosts! As russetted variety it’s not terribly “pretty’ and can be hard to train as a tree, but the aromatic and rich flavor, hardly found in other pears, makes it all worth while. It has a fine-grained texture that is very firm that makes it great baking. Requires pollination, so use Barlett, Anjou, or Clapps.
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Comice Pear
Late Septembe
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Originally cultivated in France in the 1800’s, this pear is large with broad base. It has a greenish to yellow thick skin that is blushed speckled with some russetting. We chose this pear because of it’s great flavor, storage qualities, and fine creamy flesh. It’s very sweet with a floral bouquet, but too delicate to cook. Pollinate with Bartlett or Anjou.
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