Apple Varieties Available
Appleland has grown its apple production since its early beginnings back in 1946, seventy plus years ago and expanded to other produce and products. The heart of our operation still lies in producing apples and Appleland remains a family-owned business. Click on the Appleland History link for our interesting history and “vision”.
We pride ourself in offering you a wide variety of multi-purpose apples throughout the season. Appleland offers both ready picked and Pick-Your-Own apples in-season. See PYO Apples section for more information.
We realize that everyone has different tastes with different needs for using our apples. Therefore, Appleland offers many different types of apples for your choosing, including Honeycrisp. See the chart below for apple varieties we produce in our orchard with a description of their flavor and texture, when each apple variety ripens and is ready to pick, along with their uses and even some special hints.
We offer some storing and keeping hints for your apples. Click storing your apples for more information.
Pick-Your-Own (PYO) normally runs from mid-September to late-October while quantities and varieties are available. PYO varieties include McIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. Call us at (262) 692-2560 for the latest varieties of PYO available. 2016 Pick-Your-Own Apple Season is over. Thank you to everyone who came out to pick!
Pick-Your-Own are sold in half bushel, peck or half peck quantities. Bags are provided for your convenience.
Bring the whole family for an old fashioned family-friendly experience in the country situated along rolling hills and the open countryside. Appleland Farm Market is located just 20 minutes north of Milwaukee, so you don’t have to drive far to find us. Just look for the iconic red apple on the side of the silo. Appleland Farm Market is located inside the red building with a green roof. We offer a full playground for the kids to enjoy their time out in the country and several picnic tables, so consider bringing a picnic lunch and savor the experience while overlooking our orchards.
Storing and keeping your apples
One of the great advantages of apples over other orchard fruits is that many of them can be stored for use after harvest.
In general, the earlier apples are best for fresh eating and applesauce and do not store well, while the later varieties make better winter storage apples. And of course, the cooler late fall weather helps the late apples to keep better too.
Early season apples like our Paula Red generally do not keep and should be eaten or used within a week. The exception is the Zestar which will keep for several weeks (see storage for mid-season apples).
Mid-season apples will usually keep for 2-3 weeks. The best way to keep them fresh is to put 5-10 of them in a polythene bag, make a few air-holes, and store them in a refrigerator. If kept at room temperature, the apple’s shelf life will decrease by half.
Late-season apples usually keep the longest. Most can be stored in a cold place at least until Christmas, and several varieties will keep in the right conditions well into January. There is no standard for which varieties will store best, although you can sometimes assume that the later a variety ripens the longer it will keep – Fuji and Ida Red being good examples. Varieties related to Golden Delicious such as Gala are also likely to keep well. Many traditional cooking apples also keep well, since in the days before refrigeration this was an important quality in a cooking apple.
Here are some suggestions to help you pick your apples and store them for the winter.
- If you are picking with the intention of storing your apples, it is best to pick them slightly under-ripe. If they are ripe when you pick them they are more likely to become over-ripe during storage.
- Pick the apples first thing in the morning, when they are still cool from overnight.
- Remove any that are damaged, especially bruised apples.
- If daytime temperatures are still warm, you will have to put the apples in a refrigerator until winter temperatures arrive. If storing apples in a refrigerator, put them in polythene bags; 5-10 to a bag, and make a few air-holes. This helps air circulation and counteracts the dry air found in a refrigerator.
- Once daytime temperatures fall to just above freezing then you can store the apples in a frost-free shed or garage. The storage location must be cold, but frost-free because if the apples freeze they will become unusable.
- Apples are best stored on trays in traditional wooden boxes, seed trays, or cardboard boxes – the most important thing is good air circulation and ventilation, and humidity. Try a mix of storage materials (including keeping some apples in polythene bags) as some methods may work better than others in your situation.
- Use the larger apples first as the smaller ones tend to keep longer.
- Check the apples regularly and remove any rotting fruit.