Buffalo Ridge Orchard

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Summer Apples and Veggies Official Kick-off

DSC_3644_4x6It is that time of year when we truly appreciate growing, selling, and more importantly eating locally produced food.  Tomatoes are always more delicious than we remembered and cucumbers are a cool and refreshing contrast to the heat of late July.  In contrast eggplant, zucchini, new potatoes, and beets give us comfort and satisfaction.  We take delight in the sweet and sprightly early apple as we eat our first Pristine apple.  Not far behind we start enjoying Redfree and Dandee Red apples which provide a hint of the beloved fall Jonathan and McIntosh, while still reigning over summer with their straighforward flavor.

Pristine apples are an apple that always initially knocks us off our feet with its juiciness.  It requires much care in harvest and packing to prevent bruising and of course it has a tendency to drop off the tree at a concerning rate making us cringe whenever there is a breezy day on the farm.  However this extra care is rewarded with an apple that packs a powerful sweet tart punch.











Redfree apple is preview of the future fall Jonathan apple and the name references it’s red color and somewhat disease resistance.  A much better name for this apple is early-Jon because it truly is a crunchy tart apple with a hint of sweetness.

Dandee Red is such a great early apple with its firm dense texture and tart flavor.  We often compare the flavor of the Dandee Red to a McIntosh but without the snap – this description grossly underestimates how wonderful this apple is on the tastebuds.  The firm dense finely grained texture has a creaminess missing from the fall McIntosh.

About buffaloridgeorchard

Buffalo Ridge Orchard grows vegetables, apples, and pears for local coops and farmer's markets. We have over 25 different types of new and classic apple varieties. In 2011 we installed our first moveable hoop house which allows us to grow greens and root vegetables in the winter and get an early start on tomatoes and extend the season for other vegetable crops.

4 comments on “Summer Apples and Veggies Official Kick-off

  1. Kevin Carpenter
    August 13, 2015

    I’m definitely ready for apples! However, this message doesn’t say where we can go to buy your great product.

    • buffaloridgeorchard
      August 17, 2015

      Hi Kevin – Apples are available for purchase at the Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Marion Uptown Farmers markets. You are also able to pre-order apples in September and October for pick-up in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. See the following link for more information: http://buffaloridgeorchard.com/purchase-apples/

      • Kevin Carpenter
        August 18, 2015


        I’m looking forward to getting a fair amount of apples from you this year. Because we own a business in Mount Vernon, it’s hard to get away on a Saturday. If I were to order $100+ worth at a time, would you drop them off in Mount Vernon?


      • buffaloridgeorchard
        September 2, 2015

        Hi Kevin,
        For some reason we didn’t get this message until this morning – I apologize for the delay. We actually make deliveries to Mount Vernon on Monday and Thursday afternoon so it would not be a problem to deliver to your business. Are there specific varieties that you are interested in purchasing? Our current apple varieties can be found here: http://buffaloridgeorchard.com/apples-currently-in-season/

        Please call or email if you would like to place an order or if you have any questions.

        Emma Johnson
        Phone: 319-521-1353

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