The harvest is moving forward between the rain drops. These varieties are new this weekend.
NITTANY: This Apple is one of my favorites, originally selected from a breeding program at WVU to find a more grower friendly replacement for the York Imperial. By a twist of fate Nittany was released by Penn State and not by WVU as the “Mountaineer”
This is a good keeper, sweet with a distinct flavor similar to the York variety, one of its parents. The Nittany is also a superior baking apple with a golden flesh when baked or used for sauce.
MUTSU: a huge green/yellow variety originating in Japan. Growers in New York pushed for a name change years ago to “Americanize” the name so at times you might see it labeled as Crispin.
The complexity of flavors and how they change as the Apple ripens is incredible to experience. The MUTSU is not just for eating. I can think of several customers that buy bushels for making sauce each year.
WINESAP: an heirloom variety dating back to colonial Virginia. After the annual tasting this past spring of my hard cider trails every one wanted to take home the winesap hard cider.
Hard Cider, Baking, Sauce and good tart Apple for eating. This is a taste from the past that has stood the test of time.
Staymen: this hybrid of the Winesap with the latter name used interchangeably with the former at times. A little sweeter, for eating, but unmistakabley in the Winesap family of apples.
For our older customers you’ll recognize this apple. The Staymen trees were planted along Route 50 in 1956. And were long lived. They were so tempting to passing motorists that many went missing before harvest. The original PYO
OTHER VARIETIES: I have sold the last of the Jonamac and GingerGold but everything else is in good supply. Please see the details of all the other varieties availible for sale from last weekends post.
The Braeburn will reappear in the sales room next week for the first time since neighbor Dave “Bud” Herriot declined to extend the leased ground where the Braeburn were planted. A 25 year commitment to lease ground for an Orchard is a long time to see into the future, regardless it left me and ultimately you my customers with out a beloved Apple variety untill the lost trees could be replanted. Just a few apples this season, so get them next weekend while you can, there will be more and more each year as the young trees grow and mature.
The loss of a good neighbor, friend and reliable hand during busy times of the year is sorely missed.
Also still yet to be picked near the end of October: GoldRush, Fuji, Granny Smith, PinkLady, Rome, Enterprise, EverCrisp and SunCrisp. So stay tuned next week!!!