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 Season for This Variety

Asian Pear

extra crisp, juicy, slight honey flavor


slicing, salads - perfect substitute for honeycrisp

2014 Season
Available in store only

2015 season
opened: 8/1
ended: 12/1

Ginger Gold

pale yellow, crisp white flesh


snacking; holds shape when cooked.

2014 Season
opened: 8/1
closed: 8/26

2015 Season
opened: 8/1
closed: 8/22

Early Macs

tart taste and crisp texture


snacks, sauce, salads, sauce and
graphic design

2014 Season
opened: 8/1
closed: 8/26

2015 Season
opened:8/1
closed: 8/6

Gala

crisp, firm, juicy, mild and sweet


Snacking, Pies and Salads

2014 Season
opened:8/15
closed: 10/4

2015 Season
opened: 8/13
u-pick closed:9/17
in-store ended: 12/1

Honeycrisp

round, crisp, mild honey flavor


snacks, salad, sauce

2014 Season
opened:8/15
closed: 8/31

2015 Season
U-pick opened 8/13
u-pick closed 8/22
in-store closed 9/7

Candy Crisp

Similar to a Honeycrisp in taste and texture

2014 Season
opened:8/15
closed: 8/31

2015 Season
opened: 8/20
closed: 9/20

McIntosh (Macs)

small, round, tender, juicy, aromatic, sweet


snacks, salads, sauce, graphic design

2014 Season
opened:8/26
closed: 9/18

2015 season
opened: 8/22
closed: 8/30

Golden Delicious

elongated, slightly crisp, mild, sweet


all purpose
reduce sugar when using in pies

2014 Season
opened:8/27
closed:10/20
ended in store 10/27

2015 Season
opened: 9/4
u-pick closed: 10/20
in-store closed:12/1

Macoun

(A type of McIntosh)

small, round, tender, juicy, aromatic, sweet


snacks, sauce, salads

2014 Season
opened: 9/1
closed: 9/13

2015 Season
opened: 9/7
ended 9/19

Cortland

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


salads, kabobs, garnishes

2014 Season
opened:9/1
closed:10/10

2015 Season
u-pick opened: 9/4
u-pick ended: 9/17
In-store opened: 9/4
in-store closed: 10/20

Red Delicious

long with knobby ends; sweet, juicy


snacks and salads
not suited for cooking/baking

2014 Season
>opened:9/12
closed:10/20
finished  in store 11/10

2015 Season
opened: 9/4
closed: 10/20

Mutsu

 

 

cider, sauce, eating, cooking

2014 Season
opened:9/12
closed: 10/15ish

2015 Season
(small crop)
u-pick opened: 9/2
u-pick/in-store closed: 9/17

Jonathon

round, firm, spicy, sweet and crisp

sauces, snacks, salads, pies, applesauce

2014 Season
opened: 9/1
closed:10/12

2015 Season
(small crop)
opened: 9/2
u-pick closed: 9/20

Jonagold

(nice sub for Honeycrisp)

crisp, juicy, sweet-tart


pies, baked desserts, sauces

2014 Season
opened:8/28
closed: 10/3

2015 Season
(small crop)
opened: 9/2
u-pick closed: 9/17

Ida Red

large; firm texture, tangy
Similar to Jonathan


Snacks, Applesauce, Baking, All Purpose

2014 Season
opened:9/12
closed:10/10
u-pick closed 10/14

2015 Season
dates undocumented

Blushing Gold

Tart

 

Pies

2014 Season
opened: 9/22
closed: 10/20

2015 Season
opened: 9/17
closed: 10/29

Staymen/Winesap

Tart

 

All Purpose

2014 Season
opened:9/18
closed: 10/20
finished in store: 10/27

2015 Season
opened: 9/17
Ended: 10/23

Granny Smith

extra crisp and very tart


cakes, pies, applesauce, winter keeping

2014 Season
opened: 9/22
closed: 10/20

2015 Season
opened:9/25
u-pick closed 10/29
in-store closed: 12/1

Cameo

round; extra crisp, sweet, hint of tart


all purpose, especially snacks, resists browning

2014 Season
opened:10/3
closed:10/20

2015 Season
opened: 9/13
u-pick closed: 10/29
in-store ended: 12/1

Rome

perfectly round; crisp, somewhat tart


cooking, baking, sauteeing

2014 Season
opened:10/3
closed:10/20

2015 Season
Opened 9/25
U-pick ended: 10/20
in-store ended 10/29

Fuji

extremely flavorful, super sweet, very juicy and crisp


eating fresh or in salads

2014 Season
opened10/3
closed:10/20
finished in store: 10/31

2015 Season
opened:9/22
u-pick ended: 10/20
in-store ended: 12/1

Pink Lady

crunchy, sweet, tart


snacks, salad, baking, winter keeping

2014 Season
opened:10/13
closed:10/20

2015 Season
opened:10/10
u-pick ended 11/2
in-store ened 12/1

Arkansas Black

Tart, Winter Keeping

2014 Season
opened:10/6
closed:10/20
finished in store: 11/15

2015 Season
opened: 10/10
u-pick closed: 10/20
ended in store: 11/15

Gold Rush

Specialty, Winter Keeping

2014 Season
opened:10/1
closed:10/20

2015 Season
opened:10/10
u-pick ended 11/2
ended in store 11/10

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

2014 Season
Mid - Late July

2015 Season
Small crop.
Did not track

Grapes


Jams & Jellies, snacking

2014 Season
August 15 -Sept 15

2015 Season
opened:8/15
ended: 9/7

Peaches

Eating, Cooking, all purpose

2014 Season
opened: 8/20
closed: 9/10

Pumpkins

Gourds & Squash

perfect for carving or
as autumn treats

2014 Season
Arrived 9/22
Ended: 12/1

2015 Season
Arrived: 9/8
Ended: 12/1