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In search of HONEY CRISP APPLES in downtown Montreal (including Atwater Market)

Has anyone spotted any good honeycrisp apples in downtown Montreal, or are they not in season yet? My weekly perusal of PA's grocery aisles today was not fruitful. Thank you!

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  1. may still be slightly early, but there's always far fewer of those for some reason. harder to grow than macintosh, maybe?

    1. Last 2 years, the first place that had 'em was the little stand outside Mont-Royal metro. I haven't started looking around for them yet but they should start popping up soon, I would think.

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      1. re: anachemia

        They had some last weekend. However, I went to Hemmingford to pick my own and they were not ready yet.

      2. thanks for the heads up everyone!

        1. Two or three stalls at the Atwater Market had local (I presume) honeycrisps this afternoon. They're bigger than usual but very crisp and juicy.

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          1. re: carswell

            I second what Carswell says. I bought some last friday, along with some Cortlands at the Atwater market (stall in front of the SAQ at the market - not the big SAQ across the street) and they are delicious- big, but delicious as are the Cortlands- crisp, juice, yummmyyy

          2. I had never heard of honeycrisp apples until reading your question. I googled to find out what they are and I must say they sound enticing. Here is a link to a list of growers in Quebec. Maybe you can go and pick your own.

            1. thanks for the update, everyone!! :)

              1. Ate the most incredible Honey Crisp at Jean Talon today - bought from a fruit and veg stand opposite Fromagerie Hamel I think? Can't be more specific than that though, sorry!

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                1. re: NickMontreal

                  I too had never tried nor heard of Honey Crisp apples before reading this post. Based on the name of this apple I had to try one, I picked some up yesterday at JTM from the apple vendor at the NW corner (close to Hamel). I noticed more than a few vendors carrying them.

                  I must say this was one of the best apples I've ever had what a great sweet flavor.
                  Thanks for this post.

                2. haha, i'm glad to have introduced two fellow CH'ers to the wonders and glories of the honey crisp apple :)

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                  1. re: passthatversace

                    I actually just bought some this morning at IGA at Atwater...not many, but they had them! :)

                  2. Maybe this is wishful thinking and it's still a little early, but has anyone spotted honeycrsip apples around town yet this fall?

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                    1. re: Erica2125

                      Yes, I bought some last weekend at JTM but I think it's still a tad early as they were missing that sweetness and crunchiness. Their flesh was not the same as last year which leads me to believe the good stuff is a couple of weeks away.

                      1. re: ios94

                        Marche de l'Ouest in Dollard is another great place to Honey Crisp. I didn't see any last week. I'll ask the apple guy I always buy from; he turned me on to Honey Crisp a few years ago and I'm hooked.

                        1. re: Troy Mercury

                          As of last night, there are fresh Honey Crisp apples available at Marche de l'Ouest. They're rock-hard and, you guessed it, crispy. The apple guy told me the Quebec crop this season is much less than usual, so they are almost all gone already. Anyone who wants to get a Honey Crisp fix should pick some up sooner than later. Macintosh are ready, and Spartan are a couple of weeks away.

                          1. re: Troy Mercury

                            Thanks for the tip. Which vendor were you able to find them at? I haven't been there in a while, but I'm guessing the grocer inside near Premiere Moisson?

                            Premiere Moisson
                            3025 Rue Saint-Ambroise, Montreal, QC H3J, CA

                            1. re: Erica2125

                              Nope. He's outside under the covered section It's the first apple guy if you're coming from the Jukebox Burger side (i.e. the western-most side). The color of the Honey Crisps looks sickly, but the crunch is amazing.

                            2. re: Troy Mercury

                              I just came back from Jude Pomme in Oka and they also told us they have a lot less Honey Crisp apples this year. They were already in bags because people break the branches when they pick them themselves. He said to hurry if we wanted some.

                      2. Are the orchards in picking season yet or are we still a few weeks early?

                        I forget which one we drove out to last year, but stumbled upon a roadside family run bakery in the village en route and ended up buying the most amazing piping hot loaf of freshly baked apple bread straight out og the oven with a jar or homemade vanilla cream spread that was out of this world. I hope it's still around this season as I've been dreaming about it all year!

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                        1. re: OliverB

                          Apple picking season is in full swing in Quebec. Paula Reds are pretty much over already, Lobo or Cortland (I forget which) are good now, McIntosh in a week or so, and my favourite, Spartan, in a few weeks.

                          1. re: Troy Mercury

                            If you like honeycrisp apples you might also like it's new offspring, the SweeTango apple, currently available at Stevensons orchard in the Franklin Centre apple growing area SW of Montreal (Covey hill). The orchard says this is the first year SweeTango is in Quebec and that they are the only place in Quebec to offer this apple. We ate some and were very impressed with this new on the scene apple. (worth noting: Stevensons also makes excellent fresh apple juice)

                            As for the original post question, the honeycrisp is supposed to ripen a couple of weeks after the SweeTango, so more Honeycrisp should be available shortly at all the farmers markets.

                            1. re: Lowe Arthorbit

                              Thanks, is that about an hour south near Hemmingford? It's not along the Circuit du Paysan, is it?

                              I think a Sunday drive might be due this coming weekend!

                              1. re: OliverB

                                I went apple picking yesterday at Le Vergers Philion. in Hemmingford, and they had a large variety of apples that were ready, including Honey Crisp ($1 per pound) and Royal Gala (70c per pound).

                                More information here

                                1. re: OliverB

                                  the Frankin Centre part of the covey hill apple growing area is quite west of hemmingford, geographically speaking it is south of ormstown. Stevenson's (at erskin road & Rt 202) is not on the circuit du paysan 2010 map that I have - (2011 map available at a tourist kiosk inside the ormstown iga mall) but is on the Rt 202 in the Franklin-Rockburn apple orchard axis which is a big part of the circuit du paysan.

                                  1. re: OliverB

                                    I would suggest that you call the orchard before you make the drive and ask them if they think the apples are at their ideal picking time. We went apple picking (somewhere else) last week and the apples looked great but they were pretty tart and some tasted very far from ready.

                              2. re: OliverB

                                Is the bakery along the main road near all the orchards in St Joseph du lac? If so, I know exactly which one you are talking about. We make the trek there every year for their phenomenal apple bread, it's become our fall tradition!

                                1. re: chefjeannine

                                  Yes, that's exactly the one! Their warm apple bread is out of this world, and the maple cream spread is killer! I finnished off two full loaves and a third of the cream in a single drive on the way back, and I'm not a fat chowhounder! It's oustanding!

                                  1. re: OliverB

                                    sorry, where exactly do I find this apple bread? sounds amazing! i think i need to try it this weekend after my apple picking!

                                    1. re: plateaugal

                                      Yes, you definitely need to try some! They make so many at this time of year, it's almost guaranteed warm when you buy it. It's along the main road (chemin Principale if i'm not mistaken) in St Joseph du Lac. I think it may be this place, Olivier, correct me if i'm wrong! http://tarterieduvergerdesmusiques.co...

                                        1. re: chefjeannine

                                          I just Google mapped and checked out the street view and I'm 99% sure that it's the place! Be sure to get the fantastic homemade jarred vanilla and maple cream spreads that go with the freshly baked loaves. They melt into a gooey, savory sensory overload on the warm apple bread; it's amazing!

                                          1. re: OliverB

                                            YES! that is the place, went there yesterday and got the delicious apple bread! i missed the vanilla and maple spread... next year! we also went to les fromages du verger which is up the main road and then to the left (there's a sign) for more delicious treats! sadly, the honey crisps were all done at a la croisee des pommes :(
                                            thanks again!

                                2. Bought some today at the Mont Royal metro station, 4 big ones for $2.99. They were very tart... maybe in a couple of weeks they will be sweeter.

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                                  1. re: english muffin

                                    Thanks for confirming; I'll push this back until the first weekend of October. Should be nicer with the colorful foliage also.

                                  2. Picked up a big bunch of honeycrisp apples are Jean Talon this afternoon, they are pretty good, but still not perfect just yet. Also grabbed a few at Marche 440 in Laval and they were perfect; crispy and sweet and huge.

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                                    1. re: Erica2125

                                      Which stall Erica, the guy near the SAQ had perfect ones last week but he had two batches of Honey Crisps, one at $2.50/lb and a lesser quality one at $2.

                                      1. re: ios94

                                        The apple guy has a stall with nothing but apples in the northwest corner of the market sort of by Hamel. Last week I bought a basket full of enough honeycrisp apples to fill up my produce drawer in the fridge and it cost me $12. The ones at Marche 440 were leaps and bounds better still, but we've still been enjoying the JTM purchase.

                                    2. Just bought a bunch at Eden. 2.59 a pound and there are hardly any left now haha One that I bought weighs just over 3/4 of a pound.. I didnt know apples could grow so big.....biggest and best apple Ive ever eaten.

                                      1. Spotted a big pile of them at the IGA in Place Dupuis today - nice big ones from Quebec, $2.49 / lb.

                                        1. Just got back from Stevenson's Orchard in Franklin Centre/ Rockburn on Sunday and they were well stocked with Honey Crisps and Sweetango's (Created by Honey Crisp's Univ. of Minnasota) They are crispy and juicy like the Honey Crisps but a little sweeter.Stevenson's are one of two Orchards in Canada growing Sweetango's I believe its worth the trip to tryout these beautiful new apples.I also bought a gallon of fresh squeezed apple juice that was made in part with Honey Crisps.Well worth the drive out.

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                                          1. re: finefoodie55

                                            Honey Crisps and Sweetangos were $1.50 a lb at Stevensons Orchard

                                          2. Bought some yesterday at IGA Place Alexis Nihon (the saddest IGA on earth?) at $1.49/pound. Stock was low and almost all were badly bruised (do MTL grocers THROW the apples in the bins?!).

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                                            1. re: corj

                                              At that price, they were probably a lower grade. I've seen them elsewhere for $2.49-2.99/pound. They'd still be fine for cooking.

                                            2. Bought honeycrisps again on Friday at the outdoor stalls at Marche 440. $1.85/pound and grabbed a dozen that were softball size and delicious. No sad looking honeycrisps for me

                                              1. Appart from the Mont Royal station, I believe I saw them at the outdoor market at the Cote-des-Neiges metro this weekend. Can't remember the price, but the place is open 24hr

                                                1. I got some at the Atwater Market yesterday, at a stall near the main side entrance. Made apple rum pie with mixed Honeycrisp and Cortland. Excellent!

                                                  1. Spotted at PA supermarket in Laval so i assume they might have it at other locations. Were something like 1.49$ per lbs i think.

                                                    1. Costco warehouse on Bridge has 6 lb bags for $7.99. They are huge!

                                                      1. Hi

                                                        Noticed them on sale in the Provigo circulaire this week - 1.99 per lb.

                                                        1. Pomme Verte has them in the 'dun!

                                                          1. So it begins - the great honeycrisp search of 2012. Does anyone have them yet???? I don't just want them. I NEED them like the moon needs the night, like the mosquito needs to fly toward the bug zapper, like Hungarians need paprika, like ... well ... you get the picture.

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                                                            1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                              So far I've only seen (and literally just finished one) Summer Honeycrips at Jean Talon Market. They are smaller but not as sweet as the ones that should start popping up in the next week or so. They definitely help fill the void though.

                                                              1. re: JerkPork

                                                                got some today. you can find small and large ones

                                                              2. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                Bought a big bag last Sunday at Marché Fermier (Parc Lahaie - St. Joseph & St. Laurent). The vendor was Le Verger de Hudson. http://marchefermier.ca/site/le-verge...

                                                                1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                  there was some bio honeycrisp at l'Autre Marché, on Victoria in Westmount.

                                                                  1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                    Seen some today at Atwater Market, don't remember the exact stall though

                                                                  2. Got some today at the Atwater Market - way down at the south end. Very large ones, but yummy.

                                                                    1. Bumping this thread up. I know that I'm early, but we got our first regular apples from our CSA and I wanted to know *the second* honeycrips (or, as they are known in our house, crack apples) were discovered this year. Ready, set, go! Thank you!

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                                                                      1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                        Hey Captain based on last year's info looks like the summer ones will be ready in a couple of weeks and then the big bad boys a week or so later. HCs are usually the last of the breeds to be ready. Like you I can't wait.

                                                                        1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                          Summer honey crisps are here, picked some up at JTM today. I was told a couple of more weeks for the regular ones.

                                                                        2. The quebec apple producers website has a weekly communiqué that has a calendar indicating when the different varieties are expected to be ready. Week of sept 25 is when Honeycrisps show up. http://fppq.ca/pages/FPPQ/communiques...

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                                                                          1. re: Lowe Arthorbit

                                                                            I had no idea that apples had a cartel in Quebec ... Just an FYI to anyone else who is interested - the 'approved' date provided by Lowe hasn't changes on the cartel website.

                                                                            That being said, I know someone who went apple picking this past weekend and picked some Honeycrisps. I should be eating one by Saturday ...

                                                                            You can find more information than you ever wanted to know about the origin of the Honeycrisp here: http://www.minnesotaharvest.net/apple...

                                                                            1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                              They ought to rethink their website because what they say they are doing is highly illegal in Canada/Quebec (at least if it truly is a federation and the apples are just from one company/coop).

                                                                          2. They often have them at IGA.

                                                                            1. I'm eating a large juicy one right now that I bought at the small market in the park at St Laurent and Laurier yesterday.

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                                                                              1. re: meagain

                                                                                You can pick your own Honey Crisp apples now at Mont St-Bruno. They just started making the trees available to the public this week and they are fantastic.

                                                                                1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                  What's the pricing like Plateaumaman? Are there other activities on site (for kids, etc.)?

                                                                                  1. re: CookEatSleep

                                                                                    It's $12 for a big bag, $8 for a small one. We opted for a big bag and the apples are huge too. I think we might have about 20 for that price? The orchard is very big with a lot of ladders and other types of apples, some pears and plums too. It's part of the SEPAQ network so there are hiking trails and other activities but not the same kind of kids' activities with puppets and things that some of the commercial orchards have. There is a train that will take you back and forth to the orchard, handy if you pick a lot although we generally bring a shopping cart. There is a fee for entry to the park too.

                                                                                2. re: meagain

                                                                                  I bought some at the West Island market they are so good!

                                                                                3. Huge Honey Crisp apples are on sale at PA through Sunday at $1.50 a pound. Haven't tried them since I'm still working through a large bag of Heath Orchard ones.