1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Those apples are so beautiful at your farm!! What kind are they? They look so big and pretty with the red and yellow/green ends. I bet they are perfect to grab off the tree for a snack too.

    So, I got out my apple book and here are my two guesses for what variety these apples are: Empire; Jonagold. Did I get it right?

    • MaryJane says:

      We’ll need to get you out here to ID our apples, Miss Winnie Appleseed. I inherited quite a few apple and fruit trees (an entire orchard actually) when I bought my original 5 acres in 1986 from two bachelor brothers who were born and died here. The first year I was here, I planted more fruit trees but lost those records in my house fire.

      • Winnie Nielsen says:

        Wow, how lucky you are to have such a beautiful orchard. I wish I could come and try to identify your apples! Hey, I like the title, “Winnie Appleseed” as I sit here with my new Farmgirl Shirt on!!

        As far as identifying apples, I am actually going to get a mini lesson on October 1, when I visit the orchard of John Bunker in Palermo, Maine. He has devoted his life to growing apples and restoring regional heirloom varieties. I purchased his book from their online store, wrote a message about how much I was an apple enthusiast, he signed the book, and I read it like a textbook. When I found out we were going to be near him on our upcoming trip, I wrote and asked if I could visit(sound familiar?) his orchard and he said YES!! Whoop!! Lessons at the feet of a true walking apple encyclopedia! My latest books from the Virginia trip have great color photos, so that is what I used this am to guess. I wonder if I am right on the varieties?

        • MaryJane says:

          I received an advance galley for a Storey book called “Grow a Little Fruit Tree; simple pruning techniques for small-space, easy-harvest fruit trees.” If I send it to you, can you write a review for us?

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