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Tips for Fall Apple Picking

21 September 2018
Kevin Hartley

Certain apple types may not be available due to demand and orchard hours can change without notice. Make sure to call ahead before making the trek out of town – the last thing anyone needs is a half hour drive for nothing. Verify directions, ask about types of payment accepted (many only take cash), and what is or isn't available for the kids in the way of activities (i.e. hay rides, corn mazes, farm animal petting zoos etc.)

What to bring:

Some farms provide containers for carrying the fruit home, but it’s not a bad idea to bring them yourself. Comfortable shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty are a must, and keep the weather in mind: pack a sweater for cooler days, and bring sunscreen. And don't forget the cash!  Yes, plain old, cold hard cash...'cuz orchard farmers in fields aren't always equipped with electronic debit or credit card machines.

Grasp Apples With The Palm Of Your Hand:

When picking your apples, be sure to hold them in the palm of your hand, rather than using your fingers. The pressure applied by your fingers or by the grip of an apple picker can bruise the fruit, whereas using the palm of your hand provides a softer grip, preventing damage.

Just The Right Touch, It's A Twist Apples Instead Not A Pull

A common method for picking apples is to simply grab hold and pull until they come off the branch, but this can be damaging to the tree and it can cause other apples to drop. If you look closely, you’ll notice that apples don’t grow on the main branches of the apple tree, but actually grow on short sub-branches called spurs. By casually pulling an apple off a tree, it’s easy to pull off the short spur branch with it, eliminating a valuable fruit-producing branch and reducing the number of places on the tree that can produce apples.Instead of simply pulling on the apple, you’ll want to twist it instead, forcing the stem of the apple to separate from the spur branch. This way, you won’t cause any damage to your tree, keeping everything in shape for future years of apple production.

Buying & Storing:

Choose firm apples that do not have any wrinkles or bruises. Apples can keep for up to a year when stored properly. Store small amounts in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to a month, while larger amounts should be stored in a cellar, fridge or insulated garage, making sure the temperature stays consistent at just above 0 C.

Don’t let apples sit on top of one another or they’ll bruise. Remove any apples that have over ripened or have soft spots as they’ll begin to turn the other apples (the saying “one rotten apple spoils the bunch” didn’t come from nowhere!)

Freezing Apples:

Coat 1 L (4 cups) of peeled, sliced apples with 1 ml (1/4 tsp) ascorbic acid powder and 25 ml (1/4 cup) cold water. Coat fruit on all sides, then toss with 25 ml (1/4 cup) granulated sugar. Pack, label and freeze for up to one year. Before using, frozen apple slices should be thawed for approximately one hour.

Apple Types:

Some of the most popular types of apples are McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, Empire, Idared, Crispin (or Mutsu), Golden Delicious, Spartan, Cortland and Northern Spy. Northern Spy is the most common type of apple used in baking. Check with the orchards to see what varieties they have available.




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