Apples & Pears

We grow varieties developed by the University of Minnesota, heirloom varieties, and cider varieties.

 
 
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Bonnie Best

Best for what? Best for pie! Discovered by Bonnie Keehn in the 1980’s from Cooksville, WI. Creamy flesh, tangy, full-flavored.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Keepsake

A small, curious apple with yellow flesh that is purported to improve with time in storage. Keepsake is just about the latest apple we pick. A parent of Honeycrisp. Developed by the University of Minnesota in . Northern Spy x MN447 (Frostbite).

 

 
 
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Haralson

Minnesotans’ favorite apple before Honeycrisp came along. Tart and a bit savory. MN 1922. Malinda x Wealthy.

 

 
 
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Golden Russet

The Golden Russet variety is highly disputed, with many varieties being called "Golden Russet" but only one that is true to the variety. Is ours one of the true Golden Russets? We may never know. 

 
 
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Paula Red

Developed by the University of Minnesota

 
 
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Northern Spy

One of our very favorite apples: excellent for fresh eating, baking, and cidermaking. A late bloomer and a late ripener.

 
 
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Zestar!

Developed by the University of Minnesota.

 
 
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Honeycrisp

Developed by the University of Minnesota. Keepsake x 

 
 
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SweeTango

Developed by the University of Minnesota. Honeycrisp x Zestar!

 
 
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Honeygold

Developed by the University of Minnesota

 
 
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Centennial Crab

Developed by the University of Minnesota

 
 
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Viking

Deep purple color, striking aroma

 
 
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Ruby Jon

A sport of Jonathan, but hardier and better tasting.

 
 
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Pristine

A PRI (Purdue-Rutgers-I) release. Scab resistant.

 
 
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Wolf River

An apple known for its size. We usually sell it with a sign that says, "impress your friends."

 
 
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Duchess of Oldenberg

Recently discovered to be one of the grandparents of Honeycrisp. Striped, early apple.

 
 
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State Fair

Lovely, simple early apple, timed just right for the -- you guessed it -- Minnesota State Fair. Developed by the University of Minnesota.

 

Red Free

A scab-resistant variety that's never quite made it onto our "favorites" list. Ripens so early that our customers only taste it in its liquid form.

Firecracker/Scarlet Surprise

An early-ripening variety with a deep red skin and a deep red flesh.

Airlie Red Flesh

Late season red-fleshed variety. Oregon, 1960.

Kingston Black

A cider variety, known as being well-suited for a single-variety cider.

Prairie Spy

Notable for the density of its flesh and its pleasantly tart flavor. An excellent keeper, routinely keeping into April and May if kept in good conditions. MN 1940. Unknown parentage.

Red Baron

Developed by the University of Minnesota

Northern Lights

Haralson x McIntosh

McIntosh

Classic east coast apple

Spartan

McIntosh sport

Cortland

A classic apple, great in nonalcoholic cider with a lovely aroma. Complex, vinous flavor with a good blend of sweet and tart. Like all McIntosh offspring, great for sauce. NY 1898. Ben Davis x McIntosh.

Macoun

A favorite child of McIntosh.

NW Greening

A Granny Smith for northern climes. NW Greening ripens late and is an old favorite for pie. Cooks up dry, so not a great choice for sauce, but an excellent choice for a tart. Not usually a favorite apple for eating, but a favorite in culinary uses. WI 1872. Golden Russet x Alexander.

Egremont Russet

One of our cider varieties

 

Regent

Developed by the University of Minnesota

 

Dabinett

One of our cider varieties

Liberty

A scab-resistant variety out of New York.

Apricot Apple

An amazing apple that is barely marginal in our climate, the Apricot apple has a russeted skin and a true apricot aroma and flavor.

Chestnut Crab

Developed by the University of Minnesota

Wealthy

Minnesota's first apple variety. Developed by Peter Gideon in Excelsior in 18xx.

Goldrush

An apple of some renown for its late-keeping abilities.

Connell Red/Fireside

Developed by the University of Minnesota in 

Ginger Gold

A variety out of Virginia that seems to like our orchard's microclimate just fine.