October Apples

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.

Empire apples

Empire apples

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!

1987 | Taggart's Orchard apple barn - looks remarkably similar today!

1987 | Taggart’s Orchard apple barn – looks remarkably similar today!

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.

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1989 | He may not be a Taggart by birth, but John has proven himself useful over the years 🙂

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:

1989 | Kermit and Louise pose by a new section of orchard.

1989 | Kermit and Louise pose by a new section of orchard.

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!

1987 | Katelyn, a grand-daughter of Kerm and Louise, gets her first taste of agriculture (literally!) and makes plans to run the farm one day!

Harvest Season!

Many of our apple varieties will reach their peak over the next few weeks!  Sunny days and cool nights have helped the ripening process.  Autumn officially begins this week – a perfect time to make a trip out to the orchard!

Empire apples fresh off the trees.

Empire apples fresh off the trees.

 

This weekend we have Gala, McIntosh, Jonagold, Macoun and Empire apples.  These are great eating and baking apples  – Have a sample and find your favorite.  Cider is also available.

In addition to apples, we have preserves, apple and pumpkin butter, local honey, peanut brittle, popcorn balls and cider.  These make great gifts or treats for the ride back home!

Kermit and John load apples on the tractor for washing and sorting.

Kermit and John load apples on the tractor for washing and sorting.

Many folks have been in asking for Yellow (Golden) Delicious – they are coming VERY soon!