Apple Varieties in the Straight River Farm Orchard
**Please note that the ripening dates listed below are an average. In any given year, the dates could be slightly earlier or as much as 2 weeks later.**
Zestar! -- August 20-25 -- a sweet-tart flavor and crisp texture that most early apples can't match. And a bit of brown sugar flavor -- you're going to love this apple! A super choice for sugar-free applesauce, pies & crisps. Excellent dried.
Ginger Gold -- August 20-25 -- a crispy, early golden -- with a special sweet & ginger-like flavor that makes it great for baking or drying, and a treat for fresh eating.
Chestnut Crab -- August 25-30 -- a large, sweet crab with great crunch & a nutty, mild flavor -- perfectly sized for the lunch box or a quick snack.
SweeTango -- September 1-8. SweeTango ripens between Zestar! and Honeycrisp -- its parent apples. The complex flavor of Zestar! combined with the crispness of Honeycrisp make SweeTango a delicious fresh-eating apple that also bakes & dries well. Keeps well in refrigeration.
Sweet Sixteen -- September 15. Rosy red striped skin covers a sweet, crispy apple with cherry undertones. An all-round apple for fresh eating and cooking, we added it to the orchard by popular demand.
Cortland -- September 15. An old variety related to McIntosh. A bit tart like the Mac, but with white flesh slow to brown. This is a great salad/charcuterie apple & popular for sauce and baking. Mix it with a sweet apple for great pies, sauce, etc.
Honeycrisp -- September 15-20. A mid-season favorite that set a new standard for fresh eating apples. Honeycrisp is sweet, juicy, amazingly crisp, and keeps well for weeks in the refrigerator. Try a locally grown Honeycrisp to discover the flavor difference 2000 miles can make.
Honeygold -- September 20-30. A late golden apple that is sweet, juicy & mild for fresh eating, good for baking, and excellent dried for a healthy snack.
SnowSweet -- September 25-30. Sweet, with just a hint of tart. Very slow to brown, so can be cut ahead for lunch boxes, salads, or charcuterie boards.
Frostbite -- September 25-October 1. Frostbite are very sweet and aromatic, often compared to sugar cane and molasses. A small apple, parent of Keepsake & Sweet Sixteen, and grandparent to Honeycrisp, these are great for sweet cider & fresh eating.
Haralson -- September 25--October 1. Haralson are firm, juicy, and quite tart. This is the ultimate pie, crisp, or sauce apple for our family & the preferred fresh eating apple for our daughter, who insists everything else is too sweet. Haralson freezes & cans well.
Regent -- October 1-5. A Minnesota developed late season favorite -- sweet with just a hint of tartness for fresh eating, baking, sauce & drying. Regent is a firm apple that can keep 10-12 weeks, or more, stored with a damp paper towel in a refrigerator crisper drawer.
Keepsake -- October 10-15. Keepsake has a sweet, tropical flavor, is very firm, great for fresh eating & cooking, and will keep 10-12 weeks stored with a damp paper towel in a high-humidity crisper drawer.
An excellent source for recipes and canning, freezing and drying directions is:
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Apples by the numbers
Apple varieties vary in weight, so weights are approximate.
3 medium apples = 1 lb.
1 pound peeled & sliced apples = 2 3/4 cups.
1/4 peck of apples = 2.5-3 lb. medium apples.
1/2 peck of apples = 5-6 lb.
1 peck of apples = 10-12 lb.
1/2 bushel of apples = 18-22 lb.
1 bushel of apples = 38-45 lb.
1/2 peck of apples (5-6 lb.) makes 5 pints of applesauce.
1/2 bushel of apples makes 7-9 quarts of applesauce.
1 bushel of apples makes 14-18 quarts of applesauce.
5-7 medium apples makes 1 9-inch pie.
1/2 peck apples yields about 8 cups (8 1/2-pints) jelly.
3733 220th St E, Faribault MN 55021
Telephone: 507-334-2226 Email:email@example.com
Our apple crop is sold for 2020. Look for our new crop, starting with Zestar!, in mid-August 2021.
We are exploring options for you to buy apples at the farm since many people have asked us about it. We'll update here - and on Facebook as the season progresses.
The home page lists Farmer's Markets
where you can find us late August-November.
Directions to and times for farmers' markets we attend can be found on these websites:
If you want to buy a quantity (1/2 bushel or more)
of any apple variety, please email us
or leave a phone message -- 507-334-2226.