Our apple orchard in Minnesota began as the passion of Thomas and Edna Carpenter in the early 1940’s, and today, Carpenter’s apples are some of the tastiest and healthiest apples in the community. As a nature center, we are committed to growing and providing the highest quality fruit in a sustainable environment. If you are looking for fresh, locally grown apples, you have come to the right place.
13 VARIETIES OF APPLES
We proudly raise 13 varieties of high quality apples using integrated pest management, an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional apple farming. The care and hard work we put into raising our apples results in delicious apples that are sought-after highly in our community.
Even though the harvest season is short in Minnesota, we put our harvests to good use all year round. Our apples are generally ready for picking around September to October.
Check out our apple varieties and their harvest times:
CARPENTER APPLE VARIETIES
sweet & spicy, very flavorful, juicy
sweet with a hint of tart, juicy, crisp
large crabapple, crisp, juicy, spicy flavor
sweet, firm, med-acid
tart, firm, soft when cooked
explosively crisp, juicy, sweet/slightly tart
tart, firm, good in salad, aromatic
sweet, crisp, juicy
Fireside and Connell Red
crisp, juicy, tart
hard, sweet, aromatic, long storage capability
These delicious varieties of apples are available for purchase at our Apple Shack! Try some famous apple recipes, or if you don’t feel like baking them yourself, check out our list of other products to see if anything strikes your fancy.
Besides apples, our Apple Shack has other quality goods for sale, including pumpkins, gourds, squash, honey, and decorative corn. We also offer a large selection of gourmet jams, jellies, syrups, salad dressings, and delicious apple salsa. Our wildflower honey is extracted from the beehives in early September and is available while supplies last.
Our high-quality products sell out fast, but if you Adopt an Apple Tree, you never have to worry that you might miss out on your favorite variety.
For questions or further information on our orchard, please contact our Horticulturist.
Call us at 651-437-4359
12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033
300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016