Varieties & Approximate Harvest Dates

Keep in mind that weather plays a large role in ripening dates and availability each year.
During some harvest seasons, some apples are available before or after the dates shown in this schedule. This apple harvest schedule shows typical dates and is posted for customer convenience, but please don't depend solely on it. For the most up-to-date information on our apple crops, follow us on social media!

Fruit Facts

Frequently Asked Apple Questions

What is the best variety for fresh eating?
We are constantly looking for the "perfect" apple. We haven't found it yet, but we think some of the varieties we grow get really close! Although everyone has their own preferences, there are some apples that seem to "have it all" when it comes to fresh eating.

If you want a sweet, crunchy apple:
Try Sansa, Honeycrisp, Gala, Golden Delicious, Crispin, Cameo, or Fuji.

If you want a mildly tart and crisp apple:
Try Honeycrisp, Empire, Jonagold, Braeburn, or Pink Lady

If you want a tart and crunchy apple:
Try Smokehouse, Jonathan, Stayman, Granny Smith, or Goldrush.

If you want an apple that is flavorful with a more mellow texture:
Try McIntosh, Cortland, Idared, or Jonagold.

How many quarts of applesauce can I expect from a half-bushel basket/bag of apples?
10 quarts.

What is the best variety for applesauce?
Our most popular applesauce apple is Ginger Gold; however, personal preference comes into play quite a bit on this question.
The opinions we hear generally fall into one of these categories:

  • For a thin, smooth sauce: The early varieties - Transparent, Earligold, & Summer Rambo - supply this texture.
  • For a mildly tart and crisp applesauce: Try Honeycrisp, Empire, Jonagold, Braeburn, or Pink Lady.
  • For a naturally sweet sauce that doesn't need a lot of sugar added to it: Try Jonagold, Fuji, Cameo, Gala, Golden Delicious, Golden Supreme, Ginger Gold, or Crispin. Some of the Kauffman wives cook the apples in apple cider instead of water to add natural sweetness.
  • For a tart applesauce, if you don't mind adding sugar: Varieties listed in category #1 are good options. You may also want to try Smokehouse, Cortland, McIntosh, Stayman, Goldrush, or Granny Smith.

Is it a good idea to blend varieties when making applesauce?
We recommend it! Just as the flavor, body, smoothness, and sweetness of apple cider are enhanced by using a mix of varieties, so it works for applesauce. We suggest using at least one tart and one sweet apple.

Which apple is the best variety for baking?
Again, this depends heavily on your preferences. Most people use a tart or slightly tart apple for optimum flavor. Our top-selling baking apples are Jonathan, McIntosh, Idared, Rome, Stayman, and Granny Smith. New varieties that are baking favorites of our employees are Ginger Gold, Empire, Jonagold, Cameo, and Goldrush. Give these a try, you'll love them!

What is the life expectancy of an apple tree?
Our orchards are replaced roughly every 20 years. This is not necessarily so much because of the trees' health, but rather to stay abreast of trends in varieties, orchard training systems, and customer preferences.