Don Baker Farm
183 Route 14
Hudson, NY 12534
518-828-9542
apples@valstar.net

Our 2014 season is Not Yet Open for U-Pick Fruit.

We do still have fruit available for sale
at the orchard by appointment.

Make sure to call in advance.

Thank You.

We will also have pears and
are at various Farmers Markets in
Albany,
Schenectady,
Hudson.

Here Is Some Apple Variety Info from NYAPPLECOUNTRY.COM®AND
THE NEW YORK APPLE ASSOCIATION

New York State apple growers have been perfecting their apples for over 300 years. We hope you enjoy them all year long. From our classic McIntosh to our snappy Empire, New York has what you want in an apple. Taste the difference, savor the quality, share the pride.
Don Baker Farm in Greenport, NY has been growing, harvesting and selling the finest apples for three generations. Pick Your Own Farm Fresh Apples. OPEN for U-Pick Apples on the 13th of September. Hours of Operation 9am - 5pm - 7 days a week
Apple Varieties

Cortland
Cortland Apple

Imagine a fragrant fresh fruit cup with beautiful snow white apples. You can bet it was made with Cortland, the very best Apple Country® salad apple. This great all purpose apple was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva in 1898.

What's It Like?

  • Sweet with a hint of tartness
  • Juicy
  • Tender, snow white flesh

Best Uses

  • Excellent for eating, salads, sauce, pies and baking
  • Good for freezing

Special Hint

  • Cortland apples are wonderful for kabobs, fruit plates and garnishes because they don't turn brown quickly when cut.

Availability

  • September through April
Apple Varieties

Gala
Gala Apple

Another apple made for kids is the Gala, a new variety developed in New Zealand. It's got the mild flavor that "picky eaters" prefer and a striking bright yellow-red color that attracts the eye!

What's It Like?

  • Mild sweet flavor
  • Juicy
  • Crisp, creamy yellow flesh

Best Uses

  • Excellent for eating and salads

Special Hint

  • Galas' size, mellow flavor and thin skin make them a perfect choice for kids.

Availability

  • September through June
Apple Varieties

McIntosh
McIntosh Apple

Nothing evokes Fall better than the aromatic fragrance of McIntosh apples. People have enjoyed this apple since 1811 when John McIntosh discovered the first seedling. McIntosh apples grow particularly well in New York's cool climate!

What's It Like?

  • Sweet with a tart tang
  • Very juicy
  • Tender, white flesh

Best Uses

  • Excellent for eating and sauce
  • Good for salads and pies

Special Hint

  • McIntosh's tender flesh cooks down quickly. Add a thickener if making a pie.

Availability

  • September through June
Apple Varieties

Macoun

Want a perfect no-fat dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth? Macoun may just be your apple, but, hurry, these special apples are only available in the Fall. Macoun was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva in 1932. It's named for a famous Canadian fruit breeder.

What's It Like?

  • Extra sweet and aromatic
  • Very juicy
  • Tender, snow white flesh

Best Uses

  • Excellent for eating
  • Good for sauce and salads

Special Hint

  • Try serving Macoun slices with cheese for a sophisticated dessert in the autumn.

Availability

  • October through November
Apple Varieties

Empire

With the popular Red Delicious and McIntosh for parents, Empire apples were destined to be a hit. It's a sweet-tart combination that's great for everything. The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva introduced this new variety in 1966.

What's It Like?

  • A wonderful blend of sweet and tart
  • Juicy
  • Very crisp, creamy white flesh

Best Uses

  • Excellent for eating and salads
  • Good for sauce, baking, pies and freezing

Special Hint

  • Small Empires are great for school lunches. Kids love Empire's sweet-tart taste and super crunchy texture.
Apple Varieties

Jonagold
Jonagold Apple

The smell of fresh apple crisp wafting through the house is a sure sign of Fall. Jonagolds make excellent baked goodies. Jonagold is another success story from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. It's a cross between mellow Golden Delicious and tart Jonathan.

What's It Like?

  • Honey sweet with a hint of tartness
  • Juicy
  • Crisp, creamy yellow flesh

Best Uses

  • Excellent for eating, salads, sauce and baking
  • Good for pies and freezing

Special Hint

  • Jonagolds make great fried apples. Simply sauté in a little butter and add a little cinnamon. No sugar needed!
Apple Varieties

Red Delicious
Red Delicious Apple

If you haven't tried an Apple Country® Red Delicious, you haven't tried Red Delicious. These popular mildly sweet apples are grown across the country but our Red Delicious have the slight tartness so characteristic of apples from New York. Give our Apple Country® Red Delicious a try!

What's It Like?

  • Sweet
  • Juicy
  • Crisp, yellow flesh

Best Uses

  • Excellent for eating and salads

Special Hint

  • Red Delicious apples look great for a long time so they are the favored choice for holiday centerpieces and wreaths.

Availability

  • October through September
Apple Varieties

Golden Delicious
Golden Delicious Apple

Some people think that Golden Delicious is simply the yellow cousin of the popular Red Delicious apple. But, in fact, they are related in name only. This honey sweet apple is a special treat all on its own.

What's It Like?

  • Mild sweet flavor
  • Juicy
  • Crisp, light yellow flesh

Best Uses

  • Excellent for eating, salads and sauce
  • Good for pies, baking and freezing

Special Hint

  • You can cut down the sugar in pies and sauces made from Golden Delicious apples.

Availability

  • September through June
Apple Varieties

Idared
Idared Apple

Savor the old-fashioned goodness of baked apples, especially Idareds, which hold their shape perfectly and look beautiful on the table. Developed in Idaho, it's a cross between two old time NY apples, Jonathan and Wagener, first raised in Penn Yan in 1791.

What's It Like?

  • Sweetly tart
  • Juicy
  • Firm pale yellow-green flesh, sometimes tinted rosy pink

Best Uses

  • Excellent for sauce, cooking, baking and pies
  • Good for eating, salads and freezing

Special Hint

  • Idareds make a beautiful pink applesauce. Cook the apples with the skins on and strain the sauce to get the best pink color.

Availability

  • October through August
Apple Varieties

Red Rome
Red Rome Apple

Perfect fried apple slices sitting next to a pork chop are probably Red Romes. These superb cooking apples retain their shape beautifully as well as their tart flavor. This old time variety originated in Ohio in 1816 but is widely grown in New York State.

What's It Like?

  • Mildly tart
  • Firm, greenish white flesh

Best Uses

  • Excellent for sauce, baking and pies
  • Good for salad and freezing

Special Hint

  • Combine Red Romes with a sweet apple such as Golden Delicious for tasty applesauce.

Availability

  • Late October through September
Apple Varieties

Fuji
Fuji Apple

Wow! What a great snacking apple! Fuji apples have it all--super sweet, super juicy and super crisp. This Japanese apple has American parents, Red Delicious and Ralls Janet, an antique apple that goes back to Thomas Jefferson in 1793. We're glad this popular Japanese apple is grown in New York now!

What's It Like?

  • Very sweet
  • Very juicy
  • Very crisp, cream colored flesh

Best Uses

  • Excellent for eating and salads
  • Good for sauce

Special Hint

  • Fuji applesauce needs little or no sugar.

Availability

  • October through June
Apple Varieties

Honeycrisp
Honeycrisp Apple

Sometimes the name of an apple says it all. Honeycrisp apples are honey sweet (with a touch of tart) and amazingly crisp, some say "explosively crisp." It's easy to see why this new variety continues to grow in popularity since its 1991 introduction in Minnesota. Supplies are limited for now but more Honeycrisp trees are being planted every year.

What's It Like?

  • Complex sweet-tart flavor
  • Juicy
  • Super crisp yellow flesh

Best Uses

  • Excellent for eating and salads
  • Good for sauce, baking & pies

Special Hint

  • This ultra crisp apple will appeal to teens, a great way to encourage healthy snacking.

Availability

  • September through February

Don Baker Farm
183 Route 14
Hudson, NY 12534
518-828-9542
apples@valstar.net