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
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
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
WOW, it’s hot outside! While this heat wave may put a damper on your plans to bask in the sun all weekend, we promise it’s not all bad news. In fact … it’s great news for a certain fuzzy fruit that you’ve been waiting all summer for. You probably know which fruit I’m referring to. Maybe it’s their adorably round heart shape, or their velvety soft skin, or maybe it’s their sunshine yellow flesh, but there are few fruits that … Keep Reading
Who wants to turn on their oven during a summer heat wave? Not us! Now, salad can get boring, but it definitely does not have to, especially not when July has gifted us with an abundance of early blueberries. They’re practically falling off the bushes right now, begging to be picked and savored. Big, plump blueberries add a burst of sweetness to any number of delicious summer salads. But the small, slightly tart blueberries found this early in July lend … Keep Reading
Current Picking Conditions Blueberry and raspberry season is here!! PYO is open daily! Make sure to ask the store about our Blueberry Crop Share. We have an excellent blueberry crop and expect to be picking right through August as early to late season varieties ripen. Apple picking starts the last week of July with Vista Bella apples. Sunflowers start picking the beginning of August! Blueberry and apple crops are looking excellent with a great set thanks to the blossoms and … Keep Reading
Our quaint Country Store is housed within the farm’s original 1700’s barn. The shelves are overflowing with unique New England finds, and we make many of our own farm favorites fresh in-house. We make our apple cider donuts year-round with a whole liter of pure Red Apple Farm cider in every batch. That, plus a generous cinnamon sugar coating, are what make these so addictive. We make ’em fresh on fall weekends and on weekdays year-round as needed. You might … Keep Reading
SAVE THE DATE!!! We host a number of fairs and festivals at the farm each year. They’re some of our busiest weekends! Each one promises an authentic family farm experience complete with unique, fun traditions to look forward to in the years to come, and then to look back on years later. We hope you’ll join us for these annual events… Blueberry Jamboree July Kick off the summer with a celebration of all things blueberry. Slated for July 16th and … Keep Reading
A Holistic Approach. Farming for the Next Generation. The UMass Fruit program is working collaboratively with apple growers to develop new IPM strategies that could potentially reducing pesticide use while balancing the ecological, social, and economic aspects of farming to move toward sustainability.
Now picking blueberries and raspberries!