We now have the following New York State Apples available in our pack-your-own apple display room. You may mix and match all the different varieties in our paper or plastic apple tote bags.
These apples were picked during the Fall 2015 harvest and placed in field-run bins and stored in atmospheric cold storage. As needed they are awoken from their slumber and brought to the Mill for your to taste and purchase. Apples come directly from the orchard and do not have any waxy coating like grocery store apples! These apples require refrigeration to retain freshness.
Bag sizes range in size starting at a 1/4 peck (~3.5 lbs.) to a 1/2 bushel (~20 lbs.)
Empire - New York´s "super apple" the Empire is a cross between two popular varieties, McIntoch and Red Delicious! A tasty blend of sweet and tart the Empire is ideal for eating and baking.
Jonagold - Developed in 1968 the Jonagold is a cross between a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious. Honey Sweet, with a hint of tartness, the Jonagold is perfect for eating, salads and pies.
Cortland - A New York Apple created in 1915 at the Geneva Agriculture Experiment Station the Cortland is a cross between a McIntosh and a Ben Davis. Sweet with a hint of tartness the Cortland is good for pies and salads. It stays white longer when cut.
Crispin - Developed in Japan in the 1930´s and called a Mutsu, the Cripsin is a cross between a Golden Delicious and an Indo Apple. Large in size, super crunchy and juicy the Crispin is good for baking and fresh eating!
Frequently Asked Questions About Apples:
Q: Cider Mill Bill says the apples at the Mill are free?
A: Technically yes, we sell empty apple tote bags ranging in size from ¼ peck to ½ bushel. You may mix and match any of the varieties in the bag – just be sure to fill the bag full, which ever size bag you choose to purchase. No, you can not bring your own bag to fill but we will take 25 cents off your purchase if you re-use one of our bags!
Q: Sometimes I have purchased grocery store apples that have a milky film on them. What is it?
A: The film is food-grade wax that turns white if the apple becomes wet after it is waxed. Fortunately the apples at the Fly Creek Cider Mill have no wax coating!
Q: Sometimes when I eat an apple, the core is surrounded by a sweet, transparent fluid. Is it normal and safe to eat?
A: This is called water-core and it is a result of excess moisture during growth. The water collects towards the center of the apple and it is usually very sweet because it will trap the sugars in the liquid. It is more common in Red Delicious. It is safe and not harmful. Apples with water-core usually will not store well.
Q: I cut open an apple and the core was moldy. Why?
A: It is called moldy core. It is an occasional internal defect that is caused by certain growing conditions that are unpreventable and undetectable until the apple is sliced. Although not harmful, it is unappealing and certainly should not be consumed.
Q: Why are my apples greasy?
A: The greasy feeling is the natural wax on the apple. Some apples, such as Jonagold and Cortland, have more than others. Usually if the apples feel greasy they are over mature and have not been kept in refrigeration.
Q: Why do apples get soft?
A: Apples need to stay in the cold. From the time they are harvested they are under refrigeration. When you purchase apples you should store them in the crisper section of your refrigerator to prevent them from getting soft.