Thanks to everyone who has come out to the markets the last two weeks, the weather has not been overly friendly to us….doesn’t look great again this weekend but I think that is what I get for complaining about how hot it was thru most of September. Wow, do things change quickly in Colorado?!? With the rain and snow this week, we haven’t really got a lot done, though we managed to pick enough fruit for the weekend markets. Next week’s weather looks much better and we can get back to a normal routine. We did manage to pick some nice varieties though not a lot of them. We should have more after this week so if we run out, be patient, there is more to come. For those who like tart, we have a few to pick from, but plenty of sweet ones too, something for everyone!
Here’s what we’ll have at the markets this week:
Winesap - an old fashioned favorite from back east, typically grown in Pennsylvania and NY. Winesap are large, crisp, red and pretty tart, though very juicy at the same time.
Jonagold - they will take the place of Honeycrisp not only from a look-a-like cosmetically, but also from a sweet and crisp flavor perspective…..with one exception, they are much juicier than Honeycrisp. Not sure there is another variety that produces as much juice, though Red Regent maybe a close second.
Jonathan - one of the most requested apples, an old time favorite….some say they are sweet, some say they are tart, that is just the differences in taste of different people, I tend to think they are tart….they are good. We grow 2 strains, the Ruby Red Jonathan which is redder than the standard ones and a little sweeter and the standard or Old Fashioned Jonathan, which tend to be larger, less color and a little more tart, they are the standard for pie making, sauce or just to eat.
Red Regent - these are a real dark red apple, probably as dark as the Ruby Red Jonathans but a completely different flavor profile, very sweet and super juicy. If you have ever tasted an old fashioned red delicious, that was truly delicious, you will recognize the flavor…it is a Univ. of Minnesota cross of a Duchess and old fashioned Red Delicious….people get turned off by the newer varieties of Red Delicious, these are NOT those, you will not be disappointed.
Pink Lady - another one for you lovers of tart….though pink lady do have that sweet/tart balance, they are more weighted toward tart. They are large, very crisp, oblong in shape and red over green in color with red on the side where the sun hits them. Developed in New Zealand, they have become quite popular in the US.
Cameo - another one of my favorites, very, very sweet, crisp and juicy, a great late season sweet variety. Discovered as a limb sport in a red delicious orchard in Washington state, it is fairly oblong in shape with red striping and mottled colors.
For our markets, see the website for locations and times: www.masonvilleorchard.com. At this point of the season, all of the weekday markets are closed and Loveland has closed on Sundays….but all of the others are still going strong.
The U-Pick is closed for the season, thank you to all who came out and supported it.
Hope to see you at the markets.