It’s Apple Season!

If you’re an apple pie enthusiast, applesauce connoisseur, or a believer that an apple a day, does in fact, keep the doctor away, then it is the most wonderful time of year…LOCAL Apple Season! Nothing says fall quite like chomping down on a delicious apple, and here in New York State, we’re lucky to have great local growers and producers of amazing apple products. Keep reading to get the low down on all things apple this season…


Quick Facts:

• The science of growing apples is called pomology • American eat an average of 44lbs of apples and apple products each year • New York State produces 29.5 million bushels of apples annually • There are 694 commercial apple farms in New York


Apple Varieties

In 2017, the Co-op sold 20 different varieties of Dan Tower Farm apples throughout the season. Look for them 5-6 at a time pop up in the stores. Need to know which apple is best for baking? Looking for a sweet snack? Check out all the varieties using our handy dandy chart!

Lexi’s Applesauce:

Yield: 6 cups 6lbs fresh apples 1 cup water 2 T lemon juice 1 t cinnamon 1/2 t nutmeg 1/4 t ground cloves

1. Slice and core all of the apples. Add them to a stock pot. 2. Add water and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer until most of the water is evaporated. 3. Transfer apples to a food processor. Add spices and blend to desired consistency


Lexi’s Apple Pie

Filling 5 cups peeled/sliced fresh apples 3/4 cup cane sugar 1½ tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/3 cup flour

Oat Brown Sugar Streusel 1 cup flour 2/3 cup light brown sugar 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup butter 1/2 Tbl cinnamon

1. Toss apples with dry ingredients and pour into a pie shell. 2. Top with Oat Brown Sugar Streusel 3. Bake 45-55 minutes at 350° until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.


Apples & Cheese

Start by using the apple variety chart to determine your apple’s flavor profile, then match them with the perfect piece of cheese!

Sweet Apples: Aged Cheddars and Alpine Styles

Semi Sweet Apples: Blues and Aged Goudas

Balanced Apples: Chevre and Mild Cheddars

Semi Tart Apples: Havarti’s & Creamy Goudas

Tart Apples: Bries and Triple Cremes



Meet the Growers & Producers

  Dan Tower Farm | Youngstown, NY Dan is a fifth generation farmer and runs the farm alongside his wife, Iris, and their family. They grow more than 35 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, nectarines, apricots, and plums.


LynOaken Farms | Medina, NY LynOaken Farms is nearing a century of apple production in Orleans County. They pride themselves on providing delicious, unwaxed, handpicked apples to customers around WNY!


Roberts Farm Market | Medina, NY Roberts Farm Market is a third generation farm. Their cider is made from pples grown on their 170 acre orchard and “grandpa’s secret recipe.” All of Roberts Farm cider is fresh pressed on a 3-decade old press.


South Hill Cider | Ithaca, NY South Hill Cider has been harvesting apples from wild orchards in the Finger Lakes region for 15 years. Cidermaker Steve Selin works to reclaim and maintain forgotten orchards. Apples from these wild trees, plus heirloom apples from

neighboring farms give South Hill Cider its world class taste.