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:
|Zestar!||late August||sweet & spicy, very flavorful, juicy|
|Chestnut Crab||Early/mid September||large crab-apple, crisp, juicy, spicy flavor|
|SweeTango||early to mid September||Crisp, juicy, mix of sweet and tart|
|Sweet 16||mid/late September||sweet, firm, med-acid|
|McIntosh||mid/late September||tart, firm, soft when cooked|
|Cortland||late September||tart, firm, good in salad, aromatic|
|Haralson||mid-late September||tart, crisp|
|Honeycrisp||mid-late September||crisp, juicy, sweet/slightly tart|
|Honey Gold||September/October||sweet, crisp, juicy|
|Regent||September/October||crisp, juicy, tart|
|SnowSweet||mid October||sweet, slightly tart, crisp, firm|
|Keepsake||late October||hard, sweet, aromatic|
CARPENTER APPLE VARIETIES
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.
Apple Tree Sponsorships
APPLE TREE SPONSORSHIPS
Our high-quality products sell out fast, but if you sponsor an apple tree, you never have to worry that you might miss out on your favorite variety. Apple sponsorships guarantee you 40 pounds of premium-grade apples in a variety of your choice, and include a tax-deductible donation to Carpenter Nature Center. Apples are packaged in 5lb bags and can be picked up all at once, or over the course of the season.
NEW this year, CNC is offering a Taste of the Seasons sampler sponsorship. Experience the many apple varieties our orchard offers, including Zestar, SweeTango, Honeycrisp, Haralson, Cortland, Honeygold, Regent, & Snowsweet as they became available throughout the season.
The deadline to sign-up for a sponsorship is August 30th. For more information on this program and the types of apples offered, check out our Apple Sponsorship Flyer. For additional questions, please contact Erika at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-437-4359.
What are your hours?
- The Apple Shack will open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week starting September 5 through Thanksgiving. During the fall season, CNC front gates and Apple Shack will remain open until 5:00 p.m. All other buildings, parking lots, and trails close daily at 4:30 p.m.
Where are you located?
- The Apple Shack in located on the MN Campus. As you pull into the Center take a slight right up the driveway to a gravel road. Friendly faces will be there to greet you inside.
Are you a ‘pick your own’ orchard?
- No, we are not a ‘pick your own’ orchard. Inside the Apple Shack stocked in the fridges are bags of apples ready for pick up. We DO offer the opportunity to pick your own apples at our Raptor Release and Apple Festival events.
Are we an organic farm?
- At Carpenter Nature Center, our apples are proudly grown using integrated pest management practices. The result? A healthier environment, and safer apples for you and your family. You can read more about the IPM practices here.
For any other questions, please call 651-437-4359 and ask for “The Apple Shack”.
For questions or further information on our orchard, please contact our Natural Resources Manager.
Natural Resources Manager
Call us at 651-437-4359
12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033
300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016