Apples

We offer almost two dozen varieties of apples at the farm

Apple Season Description
State Fair Late Aug.  Striped red, juicy, moderately tart fruit good for eating and cooking. The fruit will store for 2 to 4 to weeks. Tree is susceptible to fire blight and somewhat prone to biennial bearing. Introduced in 1977.
Zestar Late Aug. Large, crunchy, juicy fruit with an outstanding sprightly sweet-tart flavor. A crisp, high-quality, early apple that’s good for fresh eating and baking. Stores in refrigerator up to 2 months
Chestnut Crab Early Sept.  Large, russeted crabapple with a rich, nutty flavor. Best for fresh eating or sauce. The fruit stores for 4 to 5 weeks. Introduced in 1949.
Autumn Blush mid Sept  Yellowish skin, great sweet flavor. Excellent eating apple.
Jonamac Mid Sept  Firm, crisp, sweet-tart flavor. A cross between Mcintosh and Jonathan. Excellent eating apple.
Mcintosh mid-late Sept  Tart, semi-firm apple discovered in Ontario in 1811. Good for eating and putting in salads.
Sweet 16 Late Sept. Crisp and juicy with an exotic yellow flesh and a very sweet, unusual sugar cane or spicy cherry candy flavor. The fruit stores for 5 to 8 weeks. Tree is very vigorous and fruit may be subject to premature drops. Introduced in 1977.
Honeycrisp Late Sept. Minnesota State Fruit! The standard for explosive crispness and juiciness. Large, dappled red fruit with a well-balanced flavor. Flesh is slow to brown. Excellent storage life, up to 7 months in refrigerator.
Haralson Late Sept. Good for fresh eating and baking. Firm texture with a complex tart flavor. A great pie apple.
Cortland Late Sept.  Sweet, sprightly, firm but velvety apple good for all around use. Cook with it, bake with eat, or just eat it fresh. Developed in Geneva, NY in 1915.
Regent Late Sept. Appealing red-striped apple with well-balanced flavor that is good for eating and cooking. The fruit will store for 4 to 5 months. Tree is moderately vigorous and easily trained. Susceptible to apple scab and of moderate hardiness. Introduced in 1964.
Honeygold Late Sept.  Golden to yellow-green fruit that is sweet, crisp, and juicy. Excellent for fresh eating and also good for cooking. The fruit will store for 2 to 3 months. Tree is easy to manage but susceptible to fire blight. Introduced in 1970.
Keepsake Late Sept. Very hard and crisp with yellow flesh and an exotic sweet, spicy flavor. Good for fresh eating and cooking. The fruit will store for 6 months. Tree is of medium vigor and easy to manage. Introduced in 1978.

Availability of Our Own Breeds:

CrabbyCrisp: Mid August. Light red apple, satisfyingly crunchy texture, small apple size of a kiwi that kids love! This is early apple gold! 

Peachy Keen: Late August. Yellow apple with light blush, hard texture, size of adult fist. Sweet apple reminiscent of peaches.

KinderKrisp: Early September. Nice red color, wonderful crisp texture, size of child’s fist. A great sweet-tart flavor reminiscent of Honeycrisp.

Intensity: Mid September. Dark red color, nice hard, crisp texture, mid to large sized apple. This apple is bursting with flavor, very high sugar and acidity content that will wake up your tastebuds.

Shizam: Mid September. Light red color, dense texture, sweet, complex flavor, mid sized apple. A nice lower acid apple. Cross between Shizuka and Honeycrisp.

Shiraz: Early to mid October. Light red color, dense, crisp texture, very fruity, slightly floral flavor, large sized apple. Another low acid apple we think kids will love. Another Shizuka by Honeycrisp cross.

Black Mac: Early to mid October. Very dark red, almost black, dense texture, insanely tart flavor, large sized apple. If you like tart apples we dare you to try this! one of the prettiest apples we grow to boot!

Good as Gold: Early to mid October. Yellow color, crisp texture, nice sweet-tart flavor.

 A Unique Taste:

David looking at the apples

David looking at the apples

New better varieties of apples are created by growing out seeds of existing exceptional apples. Once common, this is rarely practiced anymore as growers everywhere plant only grafted trees to produce popular varieties with an established market. At Fairhaven Farm we planted various seedlings many years ago and now have selected a few of the best to grow out for our customers. One, that we’ve named KinderKrisp has gone commercial and will be offered nationally by Stark Bros. Nursery.

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9 thoughts on “Apples

  1. Pingback: Fall at Fairhaven Farm | 87 Counties

  2. I am visiting from California and picking up some local MN apples was on my must do list. We bought several different varieties. Kindercrisp may just be my all time new favorite apple! The Black Mac was also delicious but the Kindercrisp was PERFECT! Thanks so much!

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