Monday, September 22, 2014

Apple Picking 2014

"Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits." 
                                  ~ Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples

We were so happy to learn that Jim and Allison Lattanzi recently purchased the former Marshall Farm in Fitchburg. The new Hollis Hills Farm at 340 Marshall Rd. not only has pick-your-own apples, but they also sell their own farm raised beef, chicken, eggs, and pork, as well as cheeses and honey from local farms.

Weekends in September and October go and enjoy traditional fall activities such as apple picking, pumpkin picking, hay rides, fresh produce, apple cider, caramel apples, apple pie and cider donuts. Weekdays 9am-6pm, Weekends 9am - 6pm, 978-696-3130

Here is the Apple Picking Schedule for Sept. and October

Paula Reds.  Aug 15-October
If you like tart apples, take a healthy bite of a Paula Red. It's one of our earliest varieties to be harvested, and the first taste of fall for many apple lovers. Pick or shop early, because Paula Reds are only available from late August into October.
McIntosh Sept 1-Columbus day
Nothing evokes fall better than the aromatic fragrance of McIntosh apples. This variety has been enjoyed since 1811 when John McIntosh discovered the first seedling.

Honey Crisp Sept 8- October 1
Sometimes the name of an apple says it all. Honey Crisp apples are honey sweet (with a touch of tart) and amazingly crisp. Kids love the taste, and it’s easy to see why this recent variety has continued to grow in popularity since its 1991 introduction in Minnesota.

Cortland Sept 20-oct 20
Picture a fresh fruit cup featuring beautiful, snow-white apples. It’s likely made with Cortland, the very best Apple Country® salad apple.

Macoun Sept 27-Oct 18
Looking for a perfect, no-fat dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth? Macoun is the answer, but make sure you get yours at the right time, as these special apples are only available in the fall. Macoun was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva in 1932, and is named for a famous Canadian fruit breeder.

Yellow & Red Delicious Sept 27-oct 18
These popular mildly sweet apples are grown across the country, but only our Red Delicious have the slight tartness so characteristic of apples from New York. If you haven't tried an Apple Country® Delicious, you haven't tried what we consider the best Delicious.

Matsu Oct 5-November 1

The Mutsu apple was introduced in 1948 and is a cross between the Golden Delicious and the Indo apple varieties first grown in Japan, and named after the Mutsu Province of Japan, where it was presumably first grown.