|The apple trees have finished their bloom and small apples are appearing
on the trees. The crop looks good, not quite as plentiful as last year,
but 2013 was a tremendous apple year.
The home page will list the markets we attend (occasionally weather or
other events may interfere with the schedule). Please visit us at the market
of your choice to get your supply of Minnesota-grown apples.
If you want to purchase a bushel or more of any apple variety, please send
us an email - email@example.com - we can bring them to a market or
arrange for you to pick them up at the farm.
Bill & Maggie Hein
|Apple Varieties in the Straight River Farm Orchard
Zestar! -- August 20-25 -- a sweet-tart flavor and crisp texture that most early apples can't match. With a
bit of brown sugar flavor -- you're going to love this apple! A great choice for sugar-free applesauce, pies
& crisps. Excellent dried.
Ginger Gold -- August 20-25 -- a crispy, early golden -- with a special sweet & spicy 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.
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
Cortland -- September 15. An old variety with a bit of tartness & very white flesh that is slow to brown.
This is a great salad apple & also popular for sauce and baking.
SweeTango -- September 1-8. A newer variety developed by the U of MN that ripens between Zestar!
and Honeycrisp -- its parent apples. The complex flavor of Zestar! combined with the crispness of
Honeycrisp make SweeTango a delicious apple that keeps very well.
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 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.
Haralson -- September 25--October 1. Haralson are crisp, juicy, and 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 just too sweet. Haralson freezes & cans very well and is great fresh eating for those who like a tart
Regent -- October 1-5. A Minnesota developed late season favorite -- sweet with just a hint of tartness
for fresh eating, baking, sauce & drying. A firm apple that keeps well 6-8 weeks, or more, in the home
Keepsake -- mid-October. Keepsake has a sweet, tropical flavor, is very firm, great for fresh eating &
cooking, and will keep, in a refrigerator, virtually all winter.
|Apples by the numbers
Apple varieties vary in weight, so all weights are
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 = 20-24 lb.
1 bushel of apples = 40-48 lb.
1/2 peck of apples (5-6 lb.) makes 5 pints of
1/2 bushel of apples makes 8-10 quarts of
1 bushel of apples makes 15-20 quarts of
5-7 medium apples makes 1 9-inch pie.
1/2 peck apples yields about 8 cups jelly.
|Updated December 12, 2013
|Directions to and times for farmers' markets we attend can be found on these websites:
If you want to buy a bushel or more of any apple variety, please send us
an email -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- or leave a phone message --