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Listed below are the different varieties of apples we grow here at Fairmount, the approxomate time of year they are ready & ripe to pick, and a little information about the variety!
Paula Red- Mid August
This is our first apple of the fall season. This apple has a bright taste not too sweet and not too tart. Some say with a hint of strawberries. Good eating apple and great for applesauce.
Paula Red apples were discovered around 1960 by grower Lewis Arends near a McIntosh block in his orchard in Ravine Sparta Township, Kent County, Michigan. He named the apple after his wife, Pauline. Paula Reds first appeared on the market in 1968.
Macintosh- Early September
This apple has a slightly tart flavor, tender flesh, and juicy. Good apple for sauce and cider, some people like to mix McIntosh and Cortland for pies.
Every McIntosh apple has a direct lineage to a single tree discovered in 1811 by John McIntosh on his farm in Dundela, a hamlet located in Dundas County in the Canadian province of Ontario, near Morrisburg.
Honey Crisp- Early/Mid September
Quickly becoming the most popular apple in the world. This apple has a sweet mild taste with a hint of honey. Hard and crisp this apple lasts along time after picking if kept refrigerated. We have had ones last through February.
Developed at the University of Minnesota and released in 1991.
Macoun- Mid September
This apple is extra sweet with a hint of berry, has a great smell, and is very juicy. This apple has a short season - so if this is your favorite get it while you can. Great with wine and a little cheese.
The Macoun was developed at the New York State Agricultural Station in Geneva, New York, by R. Wellington. Named after Canadian fruit grower W. T. Macoun, it was first introduced in 1932. Macoun is a cross between McIntosh and a Jersey Black.
Cortland- Mid September
Juicy and sweet, the mild flesh of the apple will not darken like others so these are great for salads. The best all around apple for cooking and baking yet still a great eating apple.
This apple is a cross between McIntosh and Ben Davis.
This all purpose apple was developed at the New York State Agricultural Station in Geneva, New York in 1898. The apple was named after nearby Cortland County, New York.
Empire- Mid September
Empire is a crisp crunchy blend of sweet, tart, and juicy. Good for eating, salads, sauce, pies, and freezing.
The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva introduced this new variety in 1966. With the popular Red Delicious and McIntosh for parents, Empire apples were destined to be a hit. It's a sweet-tart combination that's great for everything.
Cameo- Early/Mid October
Cameo has a thin skin with a sweet tart flavor, crispy with a deep juicy flavor. Good for eating, baking, and sauce. Cooking Light magazine named Cameo one of the best varieties in its 2002 Apple Pagent.
The Cameo was discovered, by the Caudle family, by chance in a Dryden, Washington orchard in 1987. Its parentage is uncertain; it may be a cross between a Red Delicious and a Golden Delicious, since it was found near orchards of those fruits
Crispin or Mutsu- Early/Mid October
Crispin a.k.a. Mutsu is a refreshingly sweet, juicy, super crisp apple. Great for eating, sauce, baking, freezing, salads, and pies. Try roasting whole or in thick slices.
Originally grown in Japan, Crispin is a cross between a Golden Delicious and Indo apple a Japanese seedling in 1930, and introduced to the U.S. in 1948. It is believed to be named after the Mutsu Province where it was presumably first grown.
Gala- Early/Mid October
Aromatic with a very sweet flavor and firm texture but a thin skin. Good for baking, sauces, and eating.
Gala apples were developed in New Zealand in the 1920s by orchardist J. H. Kidd. They are a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Kidds Orange Red.
New England peaches are some of the tastiest fruit around when August comes around. All of the peaches that we grow are of a later variety ripening in early to mid August.
These peaches are all considered "free stone " due to the fact that the flesh of the fruit easily seperates from the pit. The pit for the most part comes out clean.
Nectarines- first tree fruit to ripen up, the season is extremely short from late July to the first few weeks in August if they last that long.
Pears- we have two types Bosc (firm, great for baking)and Bartlet (not as firm, great color and excellent eating pear)
Raspberries- Our Raspberry plants are all grown hydroponically and bear fruit through out the summer
Blueberries- These are also grown hydroponically and usually ripen in early July
We have an assortment of all types of vegetables and produce that is locally grown on our farm in franklin. This is our second year that we have been able to grow most of our goods hydroponically.
Hydroponically Grown Vegetables: