STORE APPLES RIGHT NOW
ARKANSAS BLACK (getting low) - Buy 1 bag, get 1 bag free! dark red and really firm; an excellent keeper
CAMEO (getting low) - red & tangy; good keeper
FUJI (almost out) - excellent eating variety; very sweet
GOLDEN DELICIOUS - Buy 1 bag, get 1 bag free! the classic yellow apple; sweet
GOLDRUSH (getting low) - yellow, hard & tart; keeps a long time in refrigeration
GRANNY SMITH (getting low) - Buy 1 bag, get 1 bag free! big, green & tart
JONATHAN (getting soft) - Buy 1 bag, get 1 bag free! red & tart; recommended for pies
PINK LADY (almost out) - Buy 1 bag, get 1 bag free! pretty pink apple; another great keeper
RED DELICIOUS - old-time favorite; red & slightly sweet
November 12. No more pick-your-own apples this year due to this week's cold overnight temperatures. Thanks for a wonderful u-pick season. Hard to beat a crop like the one we had this year. Still plenty of store apples (see above).
The apple schedule below is based on a typical year.
Click on the apple varieties for more information
An early season yellow apple that is perfect for applesauce due to its combination of juiciness and tartness. Refrigerate them immediately and use them quickly!
A firm, early season red apple that is a great combination of sweet and tart. A good eating apple and can be stored up to a month if refrigerated.
(Red Free) This is an early ripening, crisp, sweet-tart, red-green apple that is a mixture of Jonathan, Melba, and Raritan. Developed by Purdue, Rutgers, and Illinois Co Op.They can be stored for 2-3 weeks.
An early season, crisp, juicy, and sweet apple that has been described to have a brown sugar undertone. This is another good all-around apple for eating, sauce, baking, and juice. It also has a long 2-3 month storage life.
This apple was first bred at the Department of Horticulture at the Illinois Experiment Station in Urbana, Illinois. This is a juicy, crisp, fragrant apple that is good for pies and sauce. Can only be stored for a few weeks.
A crisp, juicy, yellow apple with a sweet/sharp flavor. This is another great all-around apple. Wonderful for salads and garnishes because it does not discolor when cut. Can be stored for 1-2 months.
A mildly sweet, juicy, crisp yellow apple that is great for eating and baking. (You may need to reduce the amount of sugar when baking!) A good apple for salads and garnishes because it does not discolor. Can last several months if refrigerated.
This is a firm, crisp apple with a tart flavor and somewhat spicy. It is the offspring of Jonathan and McIntosh apples. It is a good apple for eating, cooking, and sauce, but tends to be mushy in baking. Can be stored 2-3 months.
This is a crisp, juicy, red apple with a good balance of sweet and spicy. These are a good all-around apple and blend well with other varieties in cider, juice, pies, and sauces. Can be stored 3-4 months.
This medium sized apple is very crisp with a sweet and spicy flavor. This apple is great for desserts and eating. It also has a long 2-3 month storage life if refrigerated.
This is a firm, crisp yellow apple with a sweet flavor. The more mature the apple, the sweeter the flavor. It is a good all-around apple. However, cooks should reduce the amount of sugar when cooking with this variety. This is a great apple to use in salads and as garnishes since it is resistant to discoloration. Can be stored 2-3 months.
This is a crispy, juicy apple with a honey-tart flavor. It is the offspring of Jonathan and Golden Delicious apples. They are great for eating, baking, and especially juice and cider. Can be stored 1-2 months.
This is a sweet, red apple that is similar to the McIntosh. They are a good all-around apple and loved by kids. However, they have a short shelf life and are best eaten right away.
This apple, believed to be a relative of the Golden and Red Delicious, is crisp and juicy with the perfect combination of sweet and tart. These are good for eating, baking, salads, and garnish since they are resistant to discoloration. Can be stored for 2-3 months.
This is a tart, firm, tangy, red apple that has a spicy wine flavor. (Not as firm as its Winesap parent.) They are mostly used in cooking, cider and juice. Can be stored 2-3 months.
(Crispin) This is a firm, juicy apple with a moderately sweet flavor. It is great for eating, sauces, juice, and baking. This apple will take on a sweeter flavor in cold storage. Can be stored 3-4 months.
(Fuji) This is a juicy, crisp, sweet apple with an aromatic flavor. They are some of the best apples for applesauce. They are great for eating, baking, and juice. Can be stored for 3 months or more.
Illinois’ state apple. Developed by the Purdue, Rutgers, and Illinois Co Op. This is a crisp, juicy apple with a good balance of sweet and tart, so named for its golden color and rush of flavor. It is a great apple that can be used for eating, sauces, baking, and juice. Can be stored for at least 7 months if stored properly.
This is a crisp, tart apple with an aromatic flavor. The flavor mellows the longer the apple is stored along with the degree of hardness. Apple becomes almost black after storage. This is a good apple for baking, juice, and cider. Can be store 4-5 months.