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Dear Customers,

            It’s called the Butterfly Effect!   Simply explained it maintains that the flap of a butterfly’s wings in the Amazon can set off a chain of events which may lead to the formation of a tornado in Texas!  In actuality, the “effect” doesn’t involve a real butterfly, but it’s used to explain why systems like the weather can’t be predicted more than a few days in advance.   Our local “butterfly” occurred back in May as the apple blossoms appeared on fruit trees around our area.  Over the next two weeks, temperatures didn’t dip below freezing – not even once!   

            The result is a bumper crop of fruit in orchards all around our region.  As in years past, we have elected to purchase our apples directly from the orchard where the trees are shaken mechanically, the apples falling gently into nets.  Then they’re carefully transferred to large wooden 800-pound field “totes”.  This “straight-to-you” method of delivery ensures that you get the freshest, most delicious fruit - right at its peak. 

            Since different apple varieties mature at different rates, our first assortment of field totes included Zestar, Paula Red and Ginger Gold apples.  Another great aspect of buying in bulk is the tremendous price differential.  With 3lb bags of apples hovering between $3-$4 a bag, these sweet and juicy bulk apple beauties will be on sale for the low-low price of 59¢/lb!

            Zestar apples are an early season apple with a crisp, juicy texture and the flavor has just a hint of brown sugar!  Zestar was developed by the University of Minnesota which is responsible for 24 new apple varieties including the amazingly popular HoneyCrisp. Often times early season apples can be soft or mealy but the Zestar is light and crisp.  They will also maintain their great taste and crunch for up to two months in the refrigerator which means they’ll easily withstand the trauma of one day in a lunchbox or several days in a fruit bowl!  They’re considered excellent for both cooking or just plain eating.

            Paula Reds are considered an “apple cultivar” that generally means they were propagated by grafting onto rootstocks.  They’re great for cooking and eating and especially for making apple sauce or cider.  Bright red with some yellow and tan spots, Paula Reds are not too sweet and not to tart with a slight strawberry flavor.  They got their name from the wife of the inventor, Pauline Arends, in 1960.

            Ginger Golds are a yellow apple variety which became commercially relevant in the 1980’s though they’d been around for some 20 years before that.  Their flesh is described as crisp and cream-colored with a sweet, mildly tart taste.  They’re ideal for eating or for use in salads – not so much as a cooking apple.  They’re also slow to turn brown as most apples so readily do.  This makes them perfect for any fresh-cut apple use. 

            Check out our Autumnal Season display on the mass display wall just as you come in the door.  As other apple varieties, pumpkins and associated products become available we’ll be adding them to the wall.  It’s a great deal and a great product!  Don’t miss out!