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Sep 25, 2009 03:37 PM

Arkansas Black Apples - New York City

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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  1. 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. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: LaLaGoGo

          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.

          1. re: LNG212

            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.)

            1. re: LNG212

              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.

              1. re: LaLaGoGo

                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.