Daily Farm Updates Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Apple Varieties

What’s an orchard without some apple picking? With a rolling list of available varieties, there’s always something for the apple lover at Center Grove Orchard. So stop on by, we’ve got fun by the bushelful!

Note: Admission for ages 3 and over is required to pick apples.

READY FOR PICKING
U-Pick Orchard is closed for the 2020 season.

U-Pick Sizes and Pricing

1/4-peck bag
3 pounds
$9.95
1/2-peck bag
6 pounds
$11.95
1-peck bag
12 pounds
$19.95
1/2-bushel bag
24 pounds
$36.95
1-bushel bag
48 pounds
$64.95

APPLES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN OUR APPLE MARKET
Zestar! (seconds)
Cortland
Honeycrisp
Jonamac
Jonathan
Golden Delicious
Chieftain (seconds)

Apple Market Sizes and Pricing

Bag Size
Weight
Honeycrisp
Other Varieties
1/4 peck bag
about 3 lbs
$3.00/lb
$2.00/lb
1/2 peck
about 6 lbs
$2.75/lb
$1.75/lb
1 peck
about 12 lbs
$2.50/lb
$1.50/lb

Apple Varieties

APPLE
FLAVOR
BEST FOR
SEASON*
+ Fresh peaches
Flavor: Sweet and juicy!
Best For: Eating, cooking, baking
Season: August
+ Zestar! (seconds)
Flavor: Sweet-tart, crisp, hint of brown sugar flavor
Best For: Fresh eating, cooking
Season: August 20
+ Wolf River
Flavor: Mildly tart
Best For: Baking, sauce, drying
Season: August 25
+ Blondee
Flavor: Sweet, crunchy, nonbrowning flesh
Best For: Eating fresh, desserts
Season: September 1
+ Cortland
Flavor: Tart with a hint of sweet and tangy
Best For: Salads, kabobs, garnishes (cut fruit is slow to brown)
Season: September 1
+ Gala
Flavor: Crisp, firm, juicy, mild and sweet
Best For: Eating, salads
Season: September 1
+ McIntosh
Flavor: Tender, juicy, aromatic, tart-sweet
Best For: Eating, cooking (if using in pies, add more thickener)
Season: September 1
+ Golden Supreme
Flavor: Unique sweet, very firm with a hint of raspberry flavor
Best For: Eating, salads
Season: September 5
+ Daybreak Fuji
Flavor: Crisp, sweet
Best For: Eating fresh, salads
Season: September 10
+ Autumn Crisp
Flavor: Sweeter than it is tart, nonbrowning
Best For: Eating fresh
Season: September 10
+ Honeycrisp
Flavor: Crisp, juicy, mild, honeyed flavor
Best For: Eating, salads, sauce-making
Season: September 10
+ Jonamac
Flavor: McIntosh-Jonathan cross, dessert apple, firm, crisp, tart
Best For: Eating, baking
Season: September 10
+ Crimson Crisp
Flavor: Very crisp, firm, tart
Best For: Eating, baking
Season: September 15
+ Empire
Flavor: Sweet-tart, juicy cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh
Best For: Snacks, baking, cooking
Season: September 20
+ Jonathan
Flavor: Firm, spicy, sweet with a crisp snap, all-around good apple
Best For: Sauces, snacks, salads, pies, applesauce
Season: September 20
+ Snow Sweet
Flavor: Sweet taste with a slight tart balance, slow to brown when cut
Best For: Snacks, salads
Season: September 25
+ Cameo
Flavor: Firm, crisp, aromatic flavor, stores well
Best For: Eating, salads
Season: October 1
+ Golden Delicious
Flavor: Crisp, mild, sweet
Best For: Any use (when making pies, reduce the total sugar)
Season: October 1
+ Red Delicious
Flavor: Sweet, juicy
Best For: Eating, salads, not particularly suitable for cooking or baking
Season: October 1
+ Jonagold
Flavor: Crisp, juicy, sweet
Best For: Pies, baked desserts, sauces
Season: October 5
+ Lysgolden
Flavor: Crisp, mild, sweet
Best For: Eating, salads
Season: October 5
+ Mutsu
Flavor: Sweet-tart, distinct flavor
Best For: Eating, pies, salads
Season: October 10
+ Candy Crisp
Flavor: Uniquely juicy, pear like flavor
Best For: Eating fresh
Season: October 10
+ RJ Gold
Flavor: Sweet, large eating apple, similar to Golden Supreme
Best For: Snacks, salads
Season: October 15
+ Chieftain (seconds)
Flavor: Sweet
Best For: Eating, sauces, pies, salads, baking
Season: October 20
+ Fuji
Flavor: Mild, sweet, juicy, firm
Best For: All uses, especially snacks
Season: October 25
+ Braeburn
Flavor: Sweet yet tart
Best For: Eating, salads, sauces
Season: October 25
+ Granny Smith
Flavor: Crisp, very tart
Best For: All uses, especially cakes, pies, applesauce
Season: November 1

*Season dates are approximate.

Follow Along

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Happy December !
Meet our very own Elf on the Farm!
Follow along with the CGO Elf up until Christmas as she explores the farm with all we have to see and do. We hope she can stay on Santa's nice list!
When you purchase a ticket for Brunch with Santa, you can meet our elf in person along with Santa & Rudolph. They all  will be excited to see you!
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You’ve been asking and here’s your answer!

Santa Claus is coming to town! πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Join us for Brunch with Santa each weekend until Christmas.  Tickets must be purchased online and include brunch 🍴, crafts and activities 🎨, a CGO Express train ride (weather permitting) πŸš‚, and of course...SANTA! πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Being safe is a gift we can all give each other this year, so Santa (masked) will be in the chair while children (masked) share their wishes with him from the straw bales behind the picket fence. Elves will help monitor the timing so that each child/family gets their best-that-2020-can-offer photo op πŸ“· with Santa. 

Tickets are limited for each time slot. 
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It was the laughter, the smiles, seeing your family hand in hand, the joy that was spread this season that fills us with so much gratitude. 
We at CGO are so grateful for our staff who came up with creative and adapting ideas then put more than πŸ’― effort into it. 
And you! Thank you! For your support, feedback and ideas so we can better provide the space for running, jumping, picking, laughing, playing and of course, eating! 
We hope the joy sustains you and your loved ones and you too feel the gratitude with memories that last a lifetime!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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