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Arkansas Black Apples - New York City

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LaLaGoGo Sep 25, 2009 03:37 PM

Does anyone know where in the NYC area one can buy apples specifically of the Arkansas black variety?
Perhaps a specific farmer's market?
If there's not a place here, where can I buy them on the Internet?

Thanks to anyone who can help!

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    KRS RE: LaLaGoGo Sep 26, 2009 05:22 PM

    I've always known them as Arkansas Black Twig. They were my father's favorite. At least one of the stands at Union Square on Saturdays has them. It's the one next to (or near) the information table. They're hard as a rock, and at least the ones I've gotten at that location are rather woody and faintly flavored. That stand also has excellent Jonathans, Winesaps and Macs, but avoid the crosses. For something REALLY hard and sour, try a Greening.

    1. LNG212 RE: LaLaGoGo Sep 26, 2009 09:49 PM

      If you are looking for a Black Twig, as KRS calls it, then Locust Grove Orchard carries them. Or at least they did last year during apple season at the W97th Street greenmarket. I had never had them before and they were really good. Very crisp and tart. I haven't seen them yet this year but then apples are really just starting.

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        LaLaGoGo RE: LaLaGoGo Oct 1, 2009 12:16 PM

        Thanks, both of you, for your tips. I will go to both markets. When do you think the apples will come into season: another week or two, or should I wait until November?

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          LNG212 RE: LaLaGoGo Oct 1, 2009 03:15 PM

          I haven't seen the Black Twig yet this year. But I'll be at the 97th Street greenmarket tomorrow in the morning. I'll try to remember to ask the Locust Grove people and report back.

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            LNG212 RE: LNG212 Oct 2, 2009 06:38 AM

            I spoke with the proprietor of Locust Grove this morning. They do still grow Black Twig but they aren't ready yet. He said give it another 2 weeks or so and then they'd have them. (Locust Grove comes to the Friday greenmarket at W. 97th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves.)

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              LaLaGoGo RE: LNG212 Oct 9, 2009 11:18 AM

              Such a big help to me--thank you. I'm hoping to make a gift basket of them to my boyfriend, who is becoming an apple variety enthusist. He thanks you, too.

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                LNG212 RE: LaLaGoGo Oct 9, 2009 12:22 PM

                Oh how cool! If you're looking for a lot of variety, definitely try the 97th St. greenmarket. Locust Grove always has a variety of apples and so does Red Jacket. I think Locust Grove even had crabapples this morning. Good luck with your project.

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