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).
Sweet, tart, and crisp, this medium-large apple is perfect for eating, baking, or slicing for salads and sandwiches. Eckert’s Braeburn apples are available around the beginning of October.
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.
The creamy white flesh of this fruit is coarse grained, and juicy, and quite firm and crisp. The flavor is even and sweet with just enough tartness.This is the best apple for long-term storage. Eckert’s Suncrisp apples typically ripen in October.
Red Delicious Apples
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.
Golden Delicious Apples
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 appl 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.
If the Honeycrisp apple and the Fuji apple had a child … Oh, wait, they did. The Evercrisp is a sweet, juicy apple with an amazing crunch. Perfect for eating, this durable apple arrives late in the season at Eckert’s.
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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