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.

Due to a late April freeze, some varieties will not be available for U-Pick during the 2021 season. All varieties will be available pre-picked in the Fruit Stand during their normal season.

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/late August

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 2021 crop is small and U-Pick is ended for Honeycrisp. Honeycrisp should be in the stand until 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 until 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, sauteing

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

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.