Variety of Apples at Knaebe's Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm and Cider Mill
Variety of Apples at Knaebe's Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm and Cider Mill
ripening schedule
2622 Karsten Rd - Rogers City, Michigan
(989) 734-2567

Knaebe's Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Varieties

Check out our apple hints below the chart!

Apple Varieties Approx Ripening Times Description & Uses
(summer) Mac
mid Aug -
early Sept
Smaller and slightly sweeter than winter mac - eating, sauce, jelly.
Paula Red early Sept Krunchy and juicy - good for pies, baking, sauce, drying, jelly.
Whitney Crab early Sept Large - for spicing and jelly.
State Fair early Sept Sweet/tart, not a real hard apple - eating sauce, jelly, baking, salads.
Early Gold early-mid Sept Tart and crisp, a cross between transparent & a golden - eating, baking, pies, sauce.
Zestar early-mid Sept A fairly new variety that's quite crisp for an early apple, and tastes similar to a Honeycrisp. We had our first "crop" of these in 2013, but we hoarded all 30 of them!
Wealthy early-mid Sept Tart and tangy, an antique apple that's excellent for pies, sauce and baking, tart for eating.
"Uncle Rudy's apples" early-mid Sept Also an antique-has been on farm forever-verrry tart! Good pie apple.
Jona-Mac mid-later Sept Jonathan and Macintosh cross - eating, baking, sauce, jelly, pies.
Macintosh mid-late Sept The perennial favorite! - eating, baking, pies(cooks down), sauce, jelly.
Cortland mid-late Sept White flesh, crispy, a best seller! Excellent for eating, drying, pies, sauce, baking, jelly, salads.
Honeycrisp** late Sept -
early Oct
Large, firm, juicy dessert apple - our fastest selling eating apple (not recommended for baking).
Sweet 16 late Sept -
early Oct
Krunchy, juicy, sweet - similar to Honeycrisp (but not quite as hard or large) - eating, salads, can bake.
Snow Apples - Fameuse early Oct Tiny, sweet, aromatic eating apple an antique apple) - not a keeper! Not available every year.
Spartan early Oct Krunchy, tart, juicy (discovered by MSU) - eating, salads, pies, baking, keeper too!
Gala early Oct Our sweetest apple! krunchy, non-acid eating apple, not large - good for lunch boxes, salads.
Wolf River early-mid Oct Giant, sour old-time pie apple.
Empire early-mid Oct Cross between a Mac and Red Delicious, juicy taste-test favorite! - eating, salads, sauce, drying, can bake.
Cameo early-mid Oct Crisp new sweet/tart eating apple! Trees just starting to produce, apples sell before we can practice with them!
Red Delicious mid Oct A favorite old eating apple - salads and a good keeper. (not mealy like some of those that come from another state we won't mention!)
Jonathan mid Oct Tart and aromatic - eating, pies (does not "mush"), baking, jelly, our favorite for sauce!
Golden Delicious mid Oct Sweet old favorite, stores well with moisture added - eating, salads, baking, pies, sauce.
Red Haralson mid Oct Yah, tart and juicy variety from Minnesota, eh? Excellent flavor for pies (cooks down), drying, baking, eating.
Rip Van Runkel mid Oct New strain discovered in Michigan-we're a test plot! Firm, juicy keeper - eating, pies, baking, drying.
Jona-gold mid Oct Part Jonathan, part Golden Delicious - good eater, pies, baking, sauce, jelly, salads. Yummy, but not a real good keeper.
Ida Red mid-late Oct Our favorite all-purpose apple! super keeper - pies, baking, eating (tart), drying, frying!
Northern Spy mid-late Oct "Spies for pies" our grannies used to say! Big and firm - pies, baking, drying, eating.
Double Red Stamen Winesap late Oct "Wine-like" flavor, creamy interior, not a large apple in the north - pies, baking, eating.
Yellow Newton Pippen late Oct Antique (Geo. Washington's favorite!) tart, crisp nutty flavor, good keeper and eater. Firm in pies and baking.
 **sorry, no senior day discount on this variety

Apple Hints

If you are using the apples for cooking, don't forget to mix varieties to add an interesting flavor to pies, sauces and crisps!

Early season apples are tender and must be kept refrigerated! (But all apples like to be refrigerated!)

Apples need to breathe - store them in containers that allow the passage of air. Keep them cool, but do not allow them to freeze. (36° is optimal!) The hydrator, or a plastic bag with holes punched in it in your fridge is good. Some apples, like Golden Delicious and Gala require moisture (wet paper towels or sprinkling) to keep from shriveling.

We're sorry, but we don't know if your garage is a good place to store your apples. We don't know how hot or cold your garage is! Some folks wrap the apples in paper first, or put blankets or coats on 'em; (wonder what they do with the armholes?). Apples naturally give off an ethylene gas, so you probably won't want to store them with your squash or potatoes or onions or anything else you want to stay firm and fresh!

From year to year, we have more or less apples depending on the weather. Even though we're supposed to be "pomefruit pros" the weather catches up with us too; so some years your favorites may be prettier, larger/smaller or in different quantities than other years.

P. S. These picking times are approximate! (Only God and Mother Nature have "cheat-sheets" for any given year!)

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