After over 100 years and 7 generations of growing apples, we have it down to both an artform and a science. And to be perfectly honest we’ll put our traditional apples and the apple varieties we’ve introduced over the years up against anybody’s. So bring your family out to make memories that will last a lifetime by picking ripe, delicious apples right off the tree. We’ll even give you a tractor ride out to the orchard.
Picking and storing your apples.
Choose apples that are free of bruises, fragrant, firm to the touch, and free of bruises and then just pull and twist. When storing apples, keep in mind that apples ripen 6 to 10 times faster at room temperature than when refrigerated, so store them in the crisper drawer if you’re not going to eat them within a day or two of picking. Apples that will not be eaten in a day or two should be refrigerated in the crisper and stored by themselves (the fruit emits ethylene gas, which can cause other fruits and vegetables to decompose, so keep them separated).
An apple a day is a good start.
These juicy apples feature a light, crisp texture that delivers a sweet and somewhat tart flavor. These are early-season apples that should be ready to pick around July or August.
Winesap apples date back to colonial times and are sweet and tangy. Perfect for eating, baking, and cider making, these apples are available late in the season.
This sweet, somewhat tart apple has an amazing crunch for how little density it has. Perfect for eating, baking, or making sauces, this crimson-colored apple is available in late September or early October.
Aromatic, sweet, and tart are the defining characteristics of these deep red, almost purple apples. These apples are hardy and will last in cold storage for about 4 months. Arkansas Black apples are great to use in many recipes, especially baking and roasting.
Fuji apples have it all — super sweet, super juicy and super crisp. This Japanese-variety apple has American parents, Red Delicious and Ralls Janet, an antique apple that goes back to Thomas Jefferson in 1793. Excellent for eating, salads, pies and baking,. Eckert’s Fuji apples ripen in October.
This one’s a classic —– America’s favorite snacking apple. The heart-shaped fruit is bright red and sometimes striped. Crunchy with a mildly sweet flavor, Reds are excellent for eating, and in salads and; also good for baking. Eckert’s Red Delicious apples typically ripen in September.
It’s the all-purpose apple. Mellow and sweet, Goldens are the all-purpose apple, excellent for eating out of hand, baking and salads. Sliced in salads and other dishes, their flesh stays white longer than other varieties. Eckert’s Golden Delicious apples typically ripens in September.
One of our most popular apple varieties, the Jonathan apple is a medium-sized, sweet apple with a strong touch of acid and a tough but smooth skin. Jonathans are excellent for eating, salads, pies, and baking and are good for sauce. Eckert’s Jonathan apples typically ripen in September.
With a sweet yet slightly tart flavor, this variety of apple is great for salads, baking, cooking or eating as a snack, and it stores well. Honeycrisp apples were created to grow well in cooler northern climates and they store well. Eckert’s Honeycrisp apples typically ripen late August.
Sustainable Growing Methods
Sustainability in agriculture means meeting the food needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.
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