Not all local food is good food, but good produce is always local. This is never more apparent than with early season apples like these. These varieties don’t last months in storage like supermarket varieties require (they can’t be shipped from warehouse to warehouse). These apples were picked in the last week or so and delivered to you.
Early season apples are generally fairly delicate and can bruise easily. So handle gently. Keep them in the fridge to maximize your shelf life.
Pristine: This yellow apple is rather delicate. A crisp, juicy apple with enough sweetness to balance the other tart flavors. Best to eat within 4 weeks (but does store at acceptable quality for up to 8-10 weeks)
Williams Pride: Deep red apple that is sweet with floral undertones. Flavors may improve with a bit of storage, up to 3-4 weeks, eat within 6.
Pear Bonus: The ‘firsts’ boxes may have received a few pears as a bonus! Eat them immediately. We don’t actually know what variety of pear it is. The farmers grafted it off of an old farm orchard pear tree near Madison, MN.
State Fair: The ‘seconds’ boxes also received some of these apples. This is a classic MN variety that is tart and juicy. A great pie, sauce or eating apple. These are best to eat or process within 2-3 weeks.
I love having these apples available and hope we can offer more shares in future years. Let me know which were your favorite!
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William's Pride apples