Cate Hill Orchard and Sheep Dairy Organic Haralson Apples
Crisp, firm and juicy, Haralson is an heirloom variety that originated in Minnesota around 1923. It is great for fresh eating if you like tarter apples and is super for culinary use, where it holds its shape, and the higher acidity complements whatever sweetener you've added.
1/4 peck weighs approximately 3.5 lbs.
The Northeast can be a difficult climate for growing organic apples. Heavy rains and humidity can lead to blossom rot and scab and pests can bore into apples, damaging the fruit. Conventional apples use a variety of pesticides and herbicides to prevent these issues, but growing organic apples is a slower process that can take time to develop. Cate Hill Orchard grows organic fruit in their 5 acre orchard which includes twenty-five 100 year old trees from the original farmstead. In order to minimize damage from pests and fungi, Josh and Maria intersperse their fruit trees with plantings of herbs and flowers which act as a pest confuser and create habitat for wild pollinators and beneficial insects. Leftover whey from their cheesemaking operation is used as a fungicidal spray in the orchard to help inhibit the formation of apple scab. After apples are harvested, Cate Hill Orchard likes to have their chickens forage the orchard, disturbing pest habitat and expediting the breakdown of leaves that can harbor apple scab.