Sky Top Orchard Ripening Schedule

apple ripening schedule copyright Phoebe Moncrief

Changes in weather can affect ripening times and demand for certain varieties can impact supply. This table provides a general guide for when you can expect to find certain apples and fruit in the stand and/or on the trees. Refer to our Picking Schedule Page for a list of what is currently available and what is coming in soon.

Variety

Description

Best for

Typical Picking Season for This Variety

Asian Pear

extra crisp, juicy, slight honey flavor


slicing, salads - perfect substitute for honeycrisp

August - December

Ginger Gold

pale yellow, crisp white flesh


snacking; holds shape when cooked.

early August - Late August

Early Macs

tart taste and crisp texture


snacks, sauce, salads, sauce and
graphic design

Early August - mid/lateAugust

Gala

crisp, firm, juicy, mild and sweet


Snacking, Pies and Salads

Mid August - Late Sept/early Oct.


in-stand until Dec

Honeycrisp

round, crisp, mild honey flavor


snacks, salad, sauce

Mid August through Labor Day weekend

Our most popular variety. Availability dependent upon demand.

Candy Crisp

Similar to a Honeycrisp in taste and texture

Mid August - Late Aug/early Sept.

McIntosh (Macs)

small, round, tender, juicy, aromatic, sweet


snacks, salads, sauce, graphic design

Late Aug - Mid Sept

Golden Delicious

elongated, slightly crisp, mild, sweet


all purpose
reduce sugar when using in pies

Late Aug - Late Oct


in-store until Dec.

Macoun

(A type of McIntosh)

small, round, tender, juicy, aromatic, sweet


snacks, sauce, salads

Early Sept - Mid Sept

Cortland

 round, sweet with hint of tart & tangy
slow to brown when cut


salads, kabobs, garnishes

Early Sept - Mid Sept


in-store until mid Oct.

Red Delicious

long with knobby ends; sweet, juicy


snacks and salads
not suited for cooking/baking

Mid Sept - Mid Oct


in store until mid Nov.

 

Mutsu

 

 

cider, sauce, eating, cooking

Mid Sept - Mid Oct

in-store unitl Oct

Jonathon

round, firm, spicy, sweet and crisp

sauces, snacks, salads, pies, applesauce

Early Sept - Mid Oct

Jonagold

(nice sub for Honeycrisp)

crisp, juicy, sweet-tart


pies, baked desserts, sauces

Early Sept - Early Oct.

Ida Red

large; firm texture, tangy
Similar to Jonathan


Snacks, Applesauce, Baking, All Purpose

Mid Sept - Mid Oct.

Blushing Gold

Tart

 

Pies

Mid Sept - Late Oct.

Staymen/Winesap

Tart

 

All Purpose

Mid Sept - Mid Oct

Granny Smith

extra crisp and very tart


cakes, pies, applesauce, winter keeping

Late Sept - Late Oct.


in-store until Dec.

Cameo

round; extra crisp, sweet, hint of tart


all purpose, especially snacks, resists browning

Mid-Late Sept - Late Oct


in-store until Dec.

Rome

perfectly round; crisp, somewhat tart


cooking, baking, sauteeing

Late Sept/early Oct - late Oct.


in-store thru Oct.

Fuji

extremely flavorful, super sweet, very juicy and crisp


eating fresh or in salads

Late Sept/early Oct - late Oct.


in-store until Dec.

Pink Lady

crunchy, sweet, tart


snacks, salad, baking, winter keeping

Mid Oct- Late Oct.


in-store until Dec.

Arkansas Black

Tart, Winter Keeping


Mid Oct - Late Oct.

in store until mid Nov.

Gold Rush

Specialty, Winter Keeping

Early to mid Oct - Late Oct/early Nov.


in store until mid Nov.

Other Items



Sour Cherries

Note: These do not always pollinate well so are often not available to the public

soft flesh; sour, tart

cobbler, pies, baking, snacking


Mid - Late July

Very Limited Qty.

Grapes


Jams & Jellies, snacking

Mid Aug - Mid Sept

Peaches

Eating, Cooking, all purpose

Mid Aug - Mid Sept.

Pumpkins

Gourds & Squash

perfect for carving or
as autumn treats

(Not grown here)

Typically arrive in store 2nd week of Sept. Avail. until Dec. Various sizes.