Winning Apple Pies

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CONGRATULATIONS to the wife-and-husband team of Lori and Michael Meiners and their four-year-old son, Jack, winners in this year’s Great New England Apple Pie Contest. …

Baldwin apples, Pine Hill Orchards, Colrain, Massachusetts (Russell Steven Powell)

Classic Heirlooms: Baldwin and Northern Spy

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THEY NO LONGER dominate the New England apple industry, but Baldwin and Northern Spy are two delicious heirlooms that remain in demand. These two large, …

New England’s apple crop approaching its peak

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A BRIEF TOUR of Vermont orchards Monday shows how New England’s 2016 apple crop is shaping up. Mid-season varieties like Cortland, Honeycrisp, and McIntosh are …

Geri Griswold's pie made with Honeycrisp apples was a sweet hit. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Apple pie time

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GET READY to reset your inner clocks this weekend, and turn up your ovens. With the holidays less than a month away, we are transitioning …

Empire apples on the tree at Ragged Hill Orchard, West Brookfield, Massachusetts. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Mid-season pleasures: Empire and Spencer

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IT TAKES YEARS, sometimes decades, between the time an apple variety is discovered and it becomes available to the public. Two mid-season varieties, Empire and …

My favorite apple

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NEXT TO “What is the best pie apple?” the question I am asked the most — and which I frequently ask others — is “What …

How To Eat A Fresh Apple

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TWICE A DAY at least I reach into a paper bag in my refrigerator and pull out an apple. It could be any color, size, …

What Is The Best Pie Apple?

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AFTER TWO MONTHS of intensive research, we are forced to admit failure — once again — in our perennial quest to definitively answer a question …

New England Apples on New England Apple Day

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IT SEEMS ONLY FITTING to celebrate native New England apples on New England Apple Day Wednesday, September 3. The New England state commissioners of agriculture will …