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Where are the Apples?

Does anyone know where I could get some Honey Crisp Apples or Empire Apples here in the area? I bought a few Honey Crisp at the Penn Quarter Fresh Farm Market last Thursday but they were a little under ripe i thought (may be because of the dry summer). Does anyone have any suggestions where I could get the Honey Crisp or Empire?

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  1. Whie not the specific varieties you mentioned above, Allenberg Orchards has amazing apples (well, amazing anything they grow). Check them out at the Kingstowne market too.



    1. go pick your own!
      homestead farms is close by!

      1. If you get desperate enough to head up to Baltimore, Reid's Orchards has had both of those at the Sunday farmers market in Baltimore for a couple of weeks now. I believe they sell at the Saturday farmers market in Waverly (Baltimore) as well.

        1. Several vendors at the Courthouse market had Honey Crisps last Saturday. The ones I bought from Twin Springs Farm are fantastic. I'm pretty sure I saw Empires there as well.

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          1. re: cookiegirl

            Twin Springs had some amazing ones two weeks ago. I'm hoping they'll have more this weekend. They're an early apple, and I'm so sad when they're gone.

          2. You might find some at Grand Mart, Lotte, etc.

            1. Dupont Circle Farmer's Market usually have lots of varieties of apples. I bought mine there all last fall and they were delicious. I wasn't there last Sunday so I'm not sure what varieties they have, but I'm looking forward to seeing all the apples, apples cider, and apple butter out at the market.

              Also, if anyone sees people selling apple cider donus (warmed even better) at any of the markets please let me know. These are a particular treat from my childhood growing up in New England but I haven't been able to find any in DC last year at the market.

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              1. re: Elyssa

                I know everyone here hates WFM except me but we got some phenomenally good, locally grown Honey Crisps and Ginger Golds at Fair Lakes this past weekend. I was actually not expecting much - just hankering for good apples (the same way I hanker for good berries in the spring and never believe I could ever get enough berries, but by the end of the summer, I am berried out and looking forward to good apples). So I bought a few and they were fantastic. Eagerly awaiting the Cameos. So for those of you who don't have time to run around to multiple grocery stores and farmers' markets, don't be so negative about WFM - you can definitely get good, locally grown produce there.

                    1. re: Just Visiting

                      I was going to say that the honey crisps at Whole Foods have always been really great also.

                      (And also, hundreds of people making special trips for apples probably adds up to a lot of distance for one truck....but, hey, I go to the Dupont and White House farmer's markets too just because the food is really, really good and I can walk or take less than two metro stops)

                  1. re: Just Visiting

                    I very, very rarely see truly local produce at my whole foods.
                    I rely on the farmers markets (baltimore or dupont) for produce....

                    1. re: Jeserf

                      I don't know how you define local. There's no official definition that I know of. The Whole Foods Market in Fair Lakes has a Farmer's Market in its parking lot on Sundays, featuring local produce, but I"ve never stopped to see if it is more local than the local produce they've got in the stores. The Whole Foods Market standard, per their website, is "traveled less than 7 hours." Given the need for a supermarket to have a reliable, large supply of produce, it isn't surprising (or unreasonable IMHO) that their standard would be a little looser than a once-a-week farmer's market where people buy whatever happens to be available and when it's gone, it's gone. People go to farmer's markets with a different attitude. If something is not available at the supermarket, they get ticked off. If it isn't available at a farmer's market, that's life.

                      I think 100 miles is otherwise a fairly common standard. The CH Balto-DC region is a geographically BIG area - so "local" to someone in Springfield will be very different to someone in Towson, regardless of the distance you consider an appropriate standard for "local." And I've looked at the source of the produce at the Dupont Circle Farmer's Market - some of it is a good 100 miles or more distant from the market.

                      Anyway, today the Whole Foods Market in Fair Lakes had LG apples (at least three varieties), corn, melon, several kinds of peppers, tomatoes including Roma and several kinds of heirlooms, and a few other items but I'm remembering only what I bought.

                      Some of the local farmers from whom Whole Foods Market purchases are listed on the website here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/produ...

                      I know a lot of the stuff - including melons and apples - I've been seeing in Fair Lakes is coming from a farm in Shippensburg, PA - not on the website list. I think it may be Toigo Orchards. I spoke to the greengrocer last week and he said that many of the peppers and tomatoes were coming from a farm very close to the store but I don't recall exactly where he said it was.

                      1. re: Just Visiting

                        Sorry to be less than clear. I used LG as an abbreviation for Locally Grown, which I thought would have been clear from the context, which was a post about locally grown produce. My biggest problem with buying locally grown is time. I just don't have the time to make multiple trips to multiple places.

                        1. re: Just Visiting

                          I will say that the FL WFM had plums and donut peaches from a farm that I think was in PA and started with a T and they were FAB U LOUS. I was going twice a week to get them.

                    2. re: Elyssa

                      If you are in the mood for a (car) ride, the Apple House in Linden, VA, exit off of 66 before Front Royal, has fresh home made cider donuts, made using an old-fashioned donut machine/fryer. Worth the trip.

                      1. re: nickdanger

                        Oooooooooo! Worth it to rent a Zipcar for? I imagine there are other things at the Apple House? Is it attached a farm for picking or anything? I know nothing about VA really and have never even heard of Linden. (As I've said in the past, I don't get out of the city much since I don't have a car)

                        1. re: Elyssa

                          Elyssa, you owe it to yourself to find a beautiful fall day and get out to Linden. The Apple House has all kinds of kitschy stuff, if I'm remembering the same place. Not only is the Apple House good for donuts and lunch, but it is really close to Linden vineyard which is one of the prettiest vineyards with the some of the best wines in Virginia. There is a great picnic area or a place you can get yummy snacks and cheeses at the winery. Very nice white wines, pretty scenery - one of my favorite fall excursions. Website is http://www.lindenvineyards.com

                          1. re: baconjen

                            The Apple House is right near Hartland and Stribling Orchards, which are both pick-your-own. We'll be heading out to apple country soon!

                            1. re: Bob W

                              Good to know about the Apple House. We always go to Hartland and Stribling the third weekend of October but were unaware of the Apple House. We miss the cider house donuts we used to get at the Franklin Cider Mill in our hometown of Detroit and look forward to checking these out.

                              1. re: freddee

                                I loved going to Franklin Cider Mill as a kid.

                            2. re: baconjen

                              the linden trip looks so inviting. thanks for the information.

                              1. re: alkapal

                                Oh I love the Apple House. It's so much fun.

                      2. Okay, I know everyone is going to laugh, but I just got some delicious Honey Crisp Apples at my Giant (Huntsman Giant off Fairfax County Parkway). There was a guy handing out cut-up samples and they were absolutely delicious. I was completely baffled because Giant usually has pretty limited and yucky produce. Go figure.

                        1. I got some great ones in Dupont. but another source might be Wegmans. I think they source well from their central/western new york roots.

                          1. Wegmans is really my go-to place for produce. They're really good about having what's in season, fresh and often from local producers. I get just about everything, with the exception of tomatoes there.

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                            1. re: JonParker

                              I agree. The Wegmans in Lake Manassas (Gainesville) has Honey Crisps. I bought them last week. They were in the local produce section.

                              I'm not a fan, so don't ask me if they're good. LOL

                            2. Heysers (Heiser's?) on New Hampshire north of Randolph in outer Silver Spring has loads of apple varieties. I have seen all the varieties you mention at one time or another

                              1. Large variety, including those two, were available at the Dupont farmers market last weekend. Also had them (one of the same farms is at both) on Saturday at the farmers market that's next to the school at approx 33rd and Alton Pl NW (sorry, blanking on the name)

                                1. Takoma Park Farmers Market on Sunday.

                                  1. Weber's Cider Mill Farm in Parkville has em.

                                    1. I posted up thread that I thought Allenberg would be a good resource. Indeed, last Friday at Kingstowne I got incredible Honeycrisp and Empire apples. Their produce continues to amaze me (as do their prices!). Report here:

                                      1. Besides Heyser's on NH Avenue and Bonifant RD in Silver Spring, there is another orchard just south of NH and Briggs Chaney RD. And, if you're in for the ride, there are a number of orchards on RT 15 in Frederick Cty north of Frederick. Its a nice ride in a pretty area near Camp David. In addition, there is a farm stand on Gunpowder RD just south of Briggs Chaney in PG County which carries apples from an orchard in Westminster MD.

                                        1. Don't know the two varieties (one yellow, one red), but GIANT has locally grown apples on sale right now (at least through Thursday) that are so fresh, juicy, sweet and crispy. Very fresh and crispy! Honestly, I was shocked! I got mine in Lyon Village Giant, Arlington.

                                          Sold in the little paper "basket bags", just pick out how many you want. Only 88 cents a pound.

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                                          1. re: alkapal

                                            As much as some people want to bash all grocery stores, at least Giant has tried to stock produce from local farmers. The Honeycrisps we've been purchasing at Giant have been better than the Stayman and Crispin that we purchased at the local place in Cloverly on NH Ave. We also had the best Honeycrisps of the season from Costco (both Beltsville and Columbia stores)

                                            1. re: squidsdc

                                              the good local apples are still only 88 cents per pound at my Giant on Spout Run in Arlington.

                                          2. You could try Larriland Farms in Woodbine, MD.

                                            http://www.pickyourown.com = linky

                                            They have a wide variety of apples that they grow (usually at least two dozen varieties) and it's worth the trip.


                                            1. Butler's Orchard in Germantown - off Brink Road, which is off Rt. 27.
                                              They have tons of freshly picked Honey Crisp apples (and some others - Gala, Fuji, Cortland, etc.) right now. Empires will come later...
                                              Tues-Sun 9:30 -5:30, closed Mon.

                                              1. Three years late, but today I enjoyed my first Honey Crisp of 2010.
                                                I bought mine at Good Earth produce in Olney, MD. They told me this is the second week they have had them, and that they were "local".
                                                Quite delicious!

                                                1. For Lariland Farms and Butler's Orchards you can pick your own or buy them already picked. Do check web sites first to see what is available and when. This time last year, however, I found a wonderful assortment of apples, peaches etc. from local farms at Eastern Market.

                                                  1. In my opinion, Black Rock Orchard has the BEST Honeycrisp Apples around. Just picked some up at the Bethesda FreshFarm farmers market on Saturday and they were perfect this week (10 times better than their batch last week). They also are at the Thursday Penn Quarter market.

                                                    1. Someone at my gym picked apples at Butler's Orchard in MD last week and they were a little slice of heaven. I believe they were Jonathans. Butler's is closed for picking now so I went to Stribling in Markham, VA on Friday and their apple choices were limited and the ones I got were pretty poor tasting.

                                                      I am going to go to Graves Mountain for their Apple Harvest Festival in October.


                                                      Pick you own apples fresh from the trees. Varieties include: Red and Golden Delicious, Stayman, York, Winesap, Mutsu Fuji, Granny Smith and Empire.

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                                                      1. re: Manassas64

                                                        I went to Butler's yesterday morning. They said most of their early crop was destroyed by stink bugs. The woman said that they should have some PYO around the second week of October. I grabbed a Honey crisp from the market and it was just ok. I grew up with Honey Crisp and know how they taste just off the tree. These were not. I was told they were from a farm in Pennsylvania. It seems to me that if they list PYO apples on the website and the types that are in the market, they should be from their farm. Or clearly stated. I will go back when they are picking more apples but this trip was a bust.

                                                        1. re: daves_32

                                                          Good to know. I know that the woman where I got the apple from picked hers with her family.
                                                          They picked 60 lbs. LOL

                                                          1. re: Manassas64

                                                            No wonder the woman looked at me funny when I just got one apple. 60 lbs is probably four or so bushels. That's just excessive.
                                                            I just want the apples to be from that orchard. Otherwise, the supermarket is a viable alternative

                                                            1. re: daves_32

                                                              Whole Foods in Clarendon definitely has Honey Crisps - says "locally grown". Saw them last night.

                                                              Also, there's a Farmer's Market on Vermont between H & I Streets every Thursday afternoon beside the McPherson metro (a/k/a Mrs. Obama's Farmer's Market). They have apples coming in from W. VA and Pennsylvania, etc. - buy as few or many as you like.

                                                      2. There are apple people at every farmers market in DC and Arlington County probably Maryland, too. Twin Springs is a great place for apples and they have stands at many different markets. Westmoreland has apples and they and Twin Springs are at Courthouse on Saturday morning. I'm surprised that you didn't get good ones at the Penn Quarter market because the lady whose farm is in PA has outstanding fruit/apples and she will tell you how ripe they are and when to eat them. Can't remember the name of her farm though.