We grow fourteen varieties of apples.
Transparent: This light greenish-yellow, tender, juicy, mildy acidic August ripening apple is excellent for cooking. This variety came from Russia in the 1870s.
Melba: This very white, firm sweet fleshed apple ripens in August. This variety was created in Ottawa and introduced to the market in 1924. It is a cross between the McIntosh and Liveland Raspberry apples.
Joyce: This juicy, white fleshed aromatic apple ripens late August/early September. This variety originated at the Ottawa Experimental Farm in 1898. The flesh is fine grained, crisp, juicy, and slightly tart, developing a raspberry flavour when fully ripe. They are a cross between a McIntosh and Liveland Raspberry apples. Joyce are an excellent cooking apple and are great to eat when freshly picked. The Joyce apple is considered a heritage apple.
McIntosh: They are a crisp, tangy-sweet, all purpose apple. The variety originated in 1811 in Dundela near Morrisburg Ontario. Thought to originate from a seedling of the Snow apple.
Snow: They are an all purpose apple with snow white flesh and a distinctive flavour. They originated in France and have been grown in Canada since since the 1600s.
Lobo: They are a large crisp, sweet all purpose apple. They are a Canadian offspring of the McIntosh and possibly Wolf River apples introduced in 1898.
Empire: They are a red, juicy, firm, crunchy, sweet apple with bright white flesh. Stores well. This variety was created in New York state in the 1940s from a cross between the McIntosh and Red Delicious apples.
Cortland: They are a sweet, white fleshed all purpose apple that don't darken when cut. This variety was created in New York state in 1898 from a cross between the McIntosh and Ben Davis apples.
Spartan: They are a crisp, juicy, sweet apple. This variety was created in British Columbia in the 1920s. It was thought to be a cross between the McIntosh and Newton Pippin apple but recent genetic testing has proven that the Newton Pippin was not involved. Currently one side of the lineage of this apple remains a mystery.
Ida Red: They are a tart, juicy, firm, white fleshed apple that is excellent for cooking and eating. This variety was created in Idaho in 1942 from a cross between the Jonathan and Wagener apples.
Golden Delicious: They are a sweet flavoured, yellow skinned apple. This variety was a chance seedling found in West Virginia in the late 1800s. It is a possible cross between the Grimes Golden and Grimes Reinette apples.
Greensleeves: They are a greenish yellow apple with a sharp flavour that mellows in storage. This variety was introduced to the market in 1966. It is a cross between the James Grieve and Golden Delicious apples.
Gala: They are a small orangish apple that is sweet with a mild flavour. This variety was created in New Zealand in the 1930s. They are a cross between Kidd's Orange and Golden Delicious apples.
Honeycrisp: This sweet-tart, juicy, firm apple is idea for eating. It was introduced to the market in 1991 from Minnesota. It is a cross between Keepsake and MN1627 (parents were Duchess of Oldenburg and Golden Delicious) apples.