Stade’s Apple Orchard
After years of studying, planning, planting and pruning Stade’s Farm & Market is ready to share their excitement and offer a beautiful U-PICK apple orchard to our customers. Apples have always had a healthy reputation. The old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has proven to be more than just a cute rhyme. The documented health benefit of apples has proven quite accurate indeed. The many health benefits of apples include lowering bad cholesterol and reducing the risk of cancer.
In both the spring of 2013 and 2014 Stade’s planted a total of 800 semi-dwarf apple trees. In the spring of 2015 we planted 2,600 dwarf apple trees and in 2016 we added 1000 more Honey Crisp. In the spring of 2017, we will add an additional 2200 Honeycrisp and Evercrisp dwarf trees. The U-PICK varieties available will include Honeycrisp, Gala, Evercrisp, Jonagold, Zestar, Golden Delicious & some heirloom apples.
The semi-dwarf is a medium-sized, free-standing tree which can range in height from 12 to 16 feet tall. The dwarf is a short tree needing trellising for support and ranges from 8 to 12 feet in height. The apple is a hardy perennial tree that grows in all temperate zones. Apples grow best in climates with moderately cold winters and warm summers with medium to high humidity. We are in a great zone for successful growing.
Stade’s Farm works diligently to provide wholesome fruits and vegetables to our many customers and we hope you will enjoy yet another juicy delight; Apples!
Americans eat more apples per capita than any other fruit and they taste great, too!
• Apple trees, depending on the variety, take two to five years to produce their first fruit.
• It takes about an average of 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
• A peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds and will yield 20-24 quarts of applesauce.
• There are more than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States and they come in all shades of red, green and yellow.
• The science of apple growing is called pomology.
• Bobbing for apples? 25 percent of an apple’s volume is air; that’s why they float.
• Pilgrims planted the first U.S. apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
• Most apple blossoms are pink when they open but gradually transition to white.
• It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
• One of George Washington’s hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
• Most apples are still picked by hand
“It is possible, I think, to say that… a Christian agriculture [is] formed upon the understanding that it is sinful for people to misuse or destroy what they did not make. The Creation is a unique, irreplaceable gift, therefore to be used with humility, respect, and skill.”
― Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture