A Fresh Take on Apple Sauce

No matter where you look . . . whether in old cookbooks, or modern farm catalogues, or random pockets of the Internet … descriptions of apple varieties seem to always assign them to the same main categories: fresh eating, cider, pie, and sauce. Of these, sauce is the most overlooked. Apple sauce is often relegated to the kids’ section of the fridge, or reserved for a once-a-year fall cooking project. But it shouldn’t be! We’re here to tell you that … Keep Reading

Red Haven Heaven

Think of a perfect peach: It’s relatively small and perfectly round; its opaque yellow flesh enrobed in velvet skin. This is very likely to be a Red Haven peach. We started harvesting our Red Haven peaches on the farm last week, and are now in somewhat of a Red Haven heaven! Typically we’d advise you to wait for a peach to soften before diving in for a bite, but with Red Havens, ripe fruits remain firm to the touch. Just … Keep Reading

Summer Apples, Fall Flavor

What do all the apples below in common? They’re all the same variety! Williams’ Pride. Also, they all taste like fall. These stunning apples turn a deep, purple-tinted shade of red when ripe. Like all summer apples, their season is fleeting. Luckily, however, Williams’ Pride apples ripen successively on the tree rather than all at once, extending their harvest period slightly. That’s why you’re likely to find a range of differently sized and hued apples on the branches right now, … Keep Reading

Apples Are Like People

What do apples and people have in common? “Extreme heterozygosity,” a term you may recognize from biology class, sounds like it could be some bizarre trait, but it is actually a reproductive characteristic that humans and apples have in common. In simplified terms, no two apple trees are alike, just like no two people are alike. This is because they are cross pollinated (have two parents), and because each gene they inherit is randomly selected from several possibilities. As a … Keep Reading

Two Very Versatile Apples

The Yellow Transparent is an old Russian apple first brought to the U.S. in order to withstand the harsh winters of the midwest. They became a fast favorite in New England, too, where they (ironically) also thrived under hot and humid conditions. They’re beloved for their complex flavor and a smooth texture that lends itself to apple sauce. We have several customers who time their yearly summer apple-picking visit to line up with their peak, likely for that very reason. … Keep Reading

An Apple in July?!

It’s true. When you think of apple picking, summer is probably not the season that comes to mind. Here’s the thing, though: apples start at the end of July or early August. If you reference our approximate harvest dates page, we grow several lesser known varieties that come and go well before the seasons change. Generally speaking, the time each apple is ready to harvest depends on what variety it is, which essentially boils down to that particular apple’s rate … Keep Reading

Reflections on Juneteenth 2020

It’s obvious at this point that 2020 will be a year for the history books. As much as the future is our main focus in everything we prioritize at the farm, the past has shaped our landscape both literally and figuratively. So we decided to do a little digging into history, to learn more about how racial justice intersects with our own mission here at Red Apple Farm. We can by no means take credit for leading the movements, such … Keep Reading

Lessons from Nature in New England

New England: It’s a central part of our identity as an apple orchard nestled in the hills of North Central Massachusetts. If you grew up in the region, it’s likely a huge part of your identity too, your childhood memories and lingering nostalgia inextricable from its four distinct seasons.  At least once in your life, you’ve probably lamented the long winter and threatened to pack up and move to the west coast.  These threats are always empty, though. Year after … Keep Reading

Apple Picking Times of the Past

With apple season coming into full swing this year its great to take a moment and look back at past apple seasons.  Thanks to Mrs. Nancy MacEwan, our friend and neighbor, we recently acquired a 1968 article featuring a picture of her picking and sorting apples.  Here’s an excerpt from Worcester’s The Evening Gazette that I hope you enjoy reading as much as we do: Apple Farm to Hold Annual Open House By Steven Preston, The Evening Gazette, Thursday, October … Keep Reading

The Saga of Red Apple Farm

The following is the beginning of a memoir written by Carolyn Rose. My father-in-law found it recently and passed it along to me. I have typed it directly from her manuscript that was written on blank ‘Welcome Wagon’ hostess forms. Additionally, we estimate this picture of her, taken in her very modern kitchen for a USDA article, dates from the late 1930’s. We hope you enjoy the glimpse into the past as much as we have. -Nancy Rose Carolyn Rose … Keep Reading