We have quite a selection of apples this week!
Golden (Yellow) Delicious are here! This is popular eating apple is the sweetest variety we have at the moment.
We also have Cortland apples: tart and great for baking. Many folks enjoy snacking on them, too.
Empire and Spartan varieties are a mix of sweet and tart. Empire are naturally a smaller sized apple, making them perfect for lunch boxes. Both would make great pies and sauce, too.
We are expecting Red Delicious and Jonagold to be ready this weekend, but please call ahead to check. Apples reach their peak at slightly different times each year due to the weather. We won’t sell them until they’re ready!
Of course, we have more 30th Anniversary photos and memories to share with you! The doors to the apple barn in opened in 1985, and as you can see we have preserved the “historical integrity” of the structure! Not much has changed in 30 years!
Kermit and Louise Taggart operated the orchard by themselves until their daughter, Nancy, and husband John returned to the family farm in 1989. Nancy and John (Tilley) have assumed more orchard duties in recent years as they have both retired from careers in non-profit fundraising and banking, respectively.
While the first Taggart apple trees were planted in 1983, we continued to add to the orchard through the 80s and early 90s. You can see immature trees and their stakes in the background of the photo below:
Some of these trees have ended their useful life and have been removed from the orchard in recent years. However, we are making plans to replant to continue growing and selling apples! Stay tuned!