Apple Harvest

Autumn becomes particularly delicious with the traditional ritual of bringing in the apple harvest.  We hope you choose Sandow Farm for your apple-picking traditions.  Here is some useful information to assist you with your harvest.

How to pick an apple
The stem of a ripe apple will break cleanly when the bottom (calyx) end is tipped upward toward the spur from which it hangs.
Gently place the apple in your bag.  Dropping or throwing your apple could bruise it!
Remember: Roll the eye (calyx) to the sky. Roll up, don’t pull!

Apple Storage
Keep apples in a cold but above freezing area, such as a fridge or garage.
Cover loosely in order to hold in moisture.  Apples like high humidity.
Apples produce ethylene, which will ripen the fruit, so allow the apples to breathe.
Follow these tips and your apples will last for several months!

Apple Nutrition
The nutritional profile of a good apple matters as much as the life-preserving constituents found primarily in the skin of our favourite tree fruit.

  • Organic crops on average have significantly higher levels than conventional crops of all 29 nutrients analyzed.
  • Apples are a good source of vitamin A, C, thiamine, and riboflavin. The skin of an apple is the best part.
  • Almost half of the vitamin C is found just under the skin.
  • Apples are high in potassium and low in sodium, and even contain small amounts of calcium, phosphorus and iron.
  • An excellent source of antioxidants. Studies show that organic crops have significantly higher levels of antioxidants.
  • Almost 85% of an apple is naturally filtered water.

Visit Sandow Farm during the harvest season to try our delicious, healthy apples. For directions to our farm, click here.

For I have had too much of apple-picking: I am overtired of the great harvest I myself desired.
— After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost

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