A highlight of your Carpenter visit should be the Apple Orchard. The orchard began as a passion of Thomas and Edna Carpenter in the early 1940’s and continues today. The mission of our modern day orchard is to grow high quality produce in an ecological and sustainable manner.
Carpenter’s apples are some of the tastiest and healthiest apples in Minnesota. Our staff watches them ripen, catch the frost to improve their sweetness and then picks them at their best. They are quickly sorted and graded and stored at the proper temperature to keep their freshness.
The Apple Shack has other quality goods for sale. Pumpkins, gourds, squash, honey, and decorative corn are available later in September. We also offer a large selection of gourmet jams, jellies, syrups, salad dressings, and delicious apple salsa.
Our wildflower honey is extracted from the bee hives in early September and is available while supplies last.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Our apples are proudly grown with integrated pest management techniques. If we don’t have to spray with chemicals, we won’t! Wherever possible, alternative methods are used. The result? Safer, healthier apples for you and your family! IPM employs biological and cultural practices to keep pest populations below damaging levels.
This includes scouting for pests, using insect pheromones to either trap insects directly or disrupt their mating cycle, and sanitation of the orchard through removal of all windfall apples and any dead or diseased wood.
If chemicals are needed, CNC selects an effective product that requires the least number of applications and also has the least impact on the environment.
CARPENTER APPLE VARIETIES
|Zestar!||early Sept||sweet & spicy, very flavorful, juicy|
|Sweet Tango||late August||sweet with a hint of tart, juicy, crisp|
|Chestnut Crab||early Sept||large crabapple, crisp, juicy, spicy flavor|
|Sweet 16||mid Sept||sweet, firm, med-acid|
|McIntosh||mid/late Sept||tart, firm, soft when cooked|
|Haralson||mid-late Sept||tart, crisp|
|Honeycrisp||mid-late Sept||explosively crisp, juicy, sweet/slightly tart|
|Cortland||late Sept||tart, firm, good in salad, aromatic|
|Honey Gold||Sept/October||sweet, crisp, juicy|
|Fireside and Connell Red||Sept/October||sweet, firm|
|Regent||Sept/October||crisp, juicy, tart|
|Keepsake||October||hard, sweet, aromatic, long storage capability|
For questions or further information on our orchard, please contact our Horticulturist.