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BAREROOT APPLE TREES FOR SPRING 2024 SHIPPING


The apple varieties listed below are orchard favorites and highly recommended for fresh eating. Many of these varieties also make fantastic cider due to their high sugar content and ample acidity. I've highlighted a few standouts in the "Also Cider!" section.

I offer one hint as you go about your selection: Hone in on the 'ugly' apples. How did such unremarkable fruits find hospitable homes for centuries without fail? Flavor, my friend, flavor.

PRICING 
1-9 Trees = $30/tree
10-19 Trees= $25/tree (16% discount)
20+ Trees = $20/tree (33% discount)


Quantity discounts are automatically applied at checkout.

All apples varieties are grafted onto Mailing-Merton 111 Rootstock, sold as 3' whips, and shipped at the appropriate time for outdoor planting in Spring. 

Apple Trees

Starkey

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$30.00
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Unknown parentage, Moses's Starkey farm, Vassalboro, ME 1800s

I highly recommend John Bunker's Apples and the Art of Detection, where amongst many other stories, he details his efforts to rescue the Starkey apple from extinction. After interviewing various Vassalboro locals and trudging through a number of backyards, Bunker was unable to locate the Starkey apple. The Starkeys located him instead - in the form of a bag of unidentified bag of apples from a friend's neighbor. There's a lesson in there somewhere, but I'm too busy enjoying this Starkey in front of me to think too hard.

In 1905's The Apples of New York, S.A. Beach describes Starkey's flavor as "pleasantly subacid, excellent for dessert or culinary use." I concur, and would also add 'juicy' and 'crispy' to the list.

As a triploid variety, Starkey trees are vigorous and will not pollinate other varieties. Though a Maine seedling, the trees have thrived in the pacific northwest due to their scab resistance.

Brix: 13
Harvest: Early October
Flowering: Early/mid-Season

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