Howdy everyone, it actually feels like fall, pretty amazing after all of the heat we have had the last few weeks…..and this weekend looks to be like March…..cold, rainy and not much fun, except for maybe making an apple pie, apple sauce or baked apples….nice cold weather dishes. For those who want to bake, sauce or juice with Jonathan, this is the weekend to get them. Coming soon….Cameo, Winesap and Pink Lady.
Here’s what we’ll have at the markets this week:
Honeycrisp - no further explanation needed….sweet/tart and crisp. The last of the Honeycrisp will go to the markets this weekend.
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.
For our markets, see the website for locations and times: www.masonvilleorchard.com.
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.