Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Goldrush and Rome are now ready to pick.

Goldrush apples are a great apple for baking and fresh eating, but they are also known to be great for juice and one of the best ones for drying. 

A little more tart than sweet apple...but when I say tart don't think Granny Smith.  Think more of sweet but with a kick.
  
Also if you store apples, you want this one!  They will last a long time in storage, plus the apple gets even sweeter in storage but stays firm.  This apple for some reason doesn't turn brown as fast as other apples either so it is great for salads.

Grandpa and I were talking and he was wondering if you could use the juice of this apple, like you can lemon juice?  Sprinkle the the Goldrush juice on other apples, and maybe it would help the other apples not turn brown....totally hypothetical but something we'd like to try!





The Romes are a beautiful red apple!
Great for cooking, as they hold their shape, and the flavor also develops as it cooks.  If you want an apple to bake whole, this is the one.  
It is an ok eating apple with a mildly sweet flavor and it has a bit of a thicker skin.   They are a decent storing apple.




Still available:  Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Fuji, Braeburn, Melrose, and Red Delicious (I was wrong about them being gone.  We have some in the older tree section).  There are a small amount of Ruby Jon left.  Enough for a few buckets.


The Granny Smith apples will soon be next, and the last but not least is Pink Lady.  Love those!  Just a note, Pink Lady looks ripe on the tree but they are still pretty sour.  Wait until the end of October and they will be sweeter. 


Really feeling thankful for this apple season.  The apple quality is just great this year and the weather really couldn't be better!  Plus I am really enjoying seeing all our wagons being used to haul apples and little kids.  Just looks so much fun to be a kid again.


I would REALLY, REALLY love to see what you all are creating with these apples when you get home.  Whether it's 50 jars of applesauce, pies, caramel apples or german apple pancakes,  please send pictures to snofarmer@gmail.com and I would love to post your creations on the blog.  

Oh almost forgot!  My family and I went up to the Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery this past weekend.  They have it all next weekend too (Oct 19, 20,21st).  The apple tasting is free(50 varieties to try) and there is tons of other things to do to, including for the kids!  They could paint pumpkins, make apple cupcakes, a scavenger hunt and a scarecrow voting contest.  Plus they had apple desserts for sale, plants galore and you could buy a lot of the apples that you taste tested.  We had a lot of fun and I would definitely recommend it.  The tasting is held at the Stark St location. 

Here are some pictures to give you an idea!






 The apple that was contributed from our farm!


Go check it out!

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