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Picking October 27, 2020  11:00 am to 3:30 pm –  Red Delicious (limited), Golden Delicious, Cortland (limited), Granny Smith (limited), Ida Red (limited),  and Limited Antique apples

Antique Apple Varieties Available (Limited):

Golden Russet, Blushing Golden, Roxbury Russet, Goldrush, and Enterprise

 Please note that we are at the end of the harvest so conditions could change quickly.  Wind and storms can easily knock apples to the ground so it is important to check this site the day you intend to pick.  Apples will drop quickly with a cold night so it is impossible for us to predict what will be available tomorrow.

*Reservations ARE NO LONGER Required for Apple Picking *

 Please do not come to pick apples expecting to have a glass of wine on the property unless you also have a reservation for our picnic ground restaurant.  We are operating completely differently than we operated in the past.  If your intention is to stay on the grounds after picking, please book a reservation for a table first as we are getting too many requests to cancel apple-picking reservations based on the unavailability of reservations for the grounds.

At Nashoba, the goal is always safety first so please understand that our approach may change as we implement new procedures.

 

Experiences (Selected when you arrive):

The Peck – Admission for up to 3 people. One peck bag to fill for your group to fill together.  A peck is approximately 10 lbs and will make 3 apple pies. Price $25 less $10 deposit. $15 due upon arrival

The Half – Admission for up to 5 people. One Half Bushel bag to fill together with enough apples (approximately 22 lbs) to make 6 apple pies. Price $35 less $10 deposit. $25 due upon arrival

The Cody – Admission $20 per people.  One person per bag but everyone gets their own Peck bag to fill. $10 deposit for reservation. $20 per person. Everyone in your reservation must participate in the program.

2 people $40 less the deposit
3 people $60 less the deposit
4 people $80 less the deposit
5 people $100 less the deposit

And so on.

During these unusual times, we ask that you read our PYO Protocols before you arrive.

  • Please leave your containers at home as you will be provided with bags for your picking and we request that you leave your personal bags in your locked car.
  • The minimum quantity you can pick is a peck. Don’t worry, we have larger sizes too!
  • Masks are required out in the field, and we’ll have you wash your hands before going out for safety.

Reservations are required to ensure that we limit the number of people in the orchard as recommended by the Department of Agriculture.

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From the Tree to your Bag  – Cannot Get any Fresher

We do not offer group or quantity discounts

For information what is a Bushel or a Peck and what this means- Click Here

Picking conditions will be updated Daily at 10:30 am for the current day’s picking conditions.  We open at 11:00 am and allow picking until 4:00 pm.   Please do not call before 9:30 am as our staff does not have any information which is not posted on this site.

Zestar Apples – August

Zestar™ is a medium sized, sweet-tart balanced apple with a hint of brown sugar flavor. Light, crispy and juicy. Great for eating out of hand and for baking.

Gravenstein Apples – Early September

Gravenstein (Danish: Gråsten-Æble) is a variety of apple native to Gråsten in South Jutland, Denmark. The variety was discovered in 1669 as a chance seedling.   The Gravenstein apple has a tart flavor. It is picked in  August to Early September and is heavily used as a cooking apple, especially for apple sauce and apple cider. Like most varieties, there are different types of Gravenstein apples and at Nashoba we are the home of both traditional Gravenstein and Red Gravenstein apples.The Gravenstein apple is still considered the choicest apple by many Nova Scotians.

McIntosh – Mid- September

The McIntosh is most commonly cultivated in Canada, the United States, and eastern Europe. The parentage of the McIntosh is unknown, but the Snow Apple (or Fameuse), Fall St Lawrence, and Alexander have been speculated. Today there are over 100 clones and varieties of McIntosh having been engineered or from natural mutation. The usual picking date is Early September. (First Week of September) However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

  • Snappy McIntosh-  A deep-red blushing Mac. Get all the good McIntosh family traits in SnappyMac®: hardiness, large blushing red fruit and a spicy-sweet flavor perfect for eating fresh or baking. Ripens in early September. Keep in the fridge till January.
  • Nashoba McIntosh – Not really a name but one of America’s most cherished apples — these old standard tall trees represent the first plantings of trees at our orchard around 1923 making them approximately 80 years old! They represent a true McIntosh flavor and aroma. Good for eating fresh or baking.
  • Pioneer McIntosh – Ripens after Snappy McIntosh allowing flexibility in harvest. Fruit quality and size are excellent. Flesh is white and firmer than other Mac strains. Fruit colors to a full 90% bright red.

Gala – Mid September

September (Second or Third week of September)- Gala has a mild and sweet flavor and is ranked at number 2 on the US Apple Association’s list of most popular apples. Gala apples are small and are usually red with a portion being greenish or yellow-green.

Liberty – Mid September

Liberty was first pollenated in 1955 by crossing Macoun with ‘Perdue 54-12’ and is considered to be a premium dessert apple. The size averages 3 inches although it may be smaller on heavily cropping trees. Fabulous for fresh eating, juice and sauce. 

Cortland – Late September

After the many attributes of McIntosh were discovered, plant breeders began crossing it with other varieties to enhance its traits. One of the earliest was the Cortland, combined with the Ben Davis variety. Its flavor is sweet compared to McIntosh, and it has a flush of crimson against a pale yellow background sprinkled with short, dark red stripes and gray-green dots. Cortland has very white flesh and is an excellent dessert apple.

Spencer – Late September

Spencer apples originated in Summerland, British Columbia and were introduced in 1959. Spencer apples come from a cross between the sweet red McIntosh apple and the crispy yellow Golden Delicious. This makes them a delightful crunchy sweet apple, perfect for eating and cooking and a mature red skin flecked with green. Spencers originated in 1959 in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada and have made their way across the US. Their core is smaller than their ancestor the McIntosh and their flesh is very juicy. Spencers mature in early to mid October and can be stored in a cool or cold, dry environment.

Empire – Late September

Empire apples are red, juicy, firm, crunchy and sweet. They ripen during September and October, and will keep until January. The original seed was a cross between the varieties McIntosh and Red Delicious. Empire apples are excellent for eating and salads, and good for sauce, baking, pies and freezing. It is an ideal lunch-box apple, not least because it does not bruise easily

Cox Orange Pippins

830 (seedling of Ribston Pippin) Raised by Richard Cox (1777-1845), a brewer, as a seedling of Ribston Pippin at Colnbrook Lawn near Slough, Bucks, England and was noted in 1830. The skin is thin, yet tough, smooth and colored a dull orange red. As the apple matures, it brightens in color and is often more red than orange. Sometimes there is a surface russeting. The flesh is tender, crisp and yellow with a sweet slightly subacid flavor. This aromatic apple is considered one of the classic dessert apples of the world. Ripening off the tree enhances the flavor. It bears heavily and annually on a moderately vigorous tree that is susceptible to scab and mildew. The growth is upright and slender with small leaves with dull, fine serrations. Cox’s Orange Pippin is a parent of many esteemed varieties, including Ellison Orange Pippin, Holstein, Ingrid Marie, Freyberg, Golden Nugget, Kidd’s Orange Red (which is a parent of Gala), and Cherry Cox

Macoun

Late September to Early October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

Rhode Island Greening

Late September to Early October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

Mutsu

Late September to Early October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

Golden Delicious

Mid October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

Red Delicious

Mid to Late-October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

Baldwin

Mid to late October – However, please look above to see exactly what apples we are picking at a certain time as our picking season varies each year with the weather.

 

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