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Where to purchase Ida Reds or Northern Spys in Mpls-St. Paul?

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soccermom13 Nov 2, 2011 02:52 AM

Check out this Tarte Tatin from Leite's Culinaria:

http://leitesculinaria.com/77464/reci...

Does anyone know where I can purchase Ida Reds or Northern Spys or a similar apple in St. Paul or Mpls?

Thanks.

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  1. LiaM RE: soccermom13 Nov 2, 2011 05:26 AM

    There are a few apple sellers at the St. Paul Farmer's Market who have a lot of different kinds of apples, though I can't recall if they have these particular kinds. You might also try the co-ops.

    You can probably use any baking apple for a tarte tatin, though. Zestars, Granny Smiths, Regent, whatever.

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      karykat RE: LiaM Nov 11, 2011 03:21 PM

      I really enjoyed the Zestars this fall at the farmers market. I know that guy I was buying them from ran out (thanks to me in small part!) but others may have them.

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      ZMpls RE: soccermom13 Nov 2, 2011 03:32 PM

      Try Sweetland Orchards at http://sweetlandorchard.com/
      It's a little late for the local farmers markets, but they are doing deliveries in the cities at a number of locations. Check out their website for more information. In addition to Northern Spys, they have Bonnie Bests, which is a wonderful cooking apple. I got a bag from them last weekend. You can email them for recommendations about what's good as well.

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        soccermom13 RE: ZMpls Nov 5, 2011 03:27 AM

        Lia and Z---Thank you!

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          karykat RE: ZMpls Nov 11, 2011 03:21 PM

          What are the Bonnie Bests like? Hard? Tart?

        2. diesel RE: soccermom13 Nov 9, 2011 07:11 PM

          I saw Northern Spys at the market at Heartland a few weeks back. I wasn't paying particular attention, but they usually carry other heirloom varieties too. It's worth stopping in - they really have gorgeous produce and other stuff too. (Warning, not the cheapest.)

          http://www.heartlandrestaurant.com/in...

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            soccermom13 RE: diesel Nov 11, 2011 05:15 AM

            Thanks, Diesel. This supplies the motivation I need to get myself over to Heartland for a look-see. I work close by, so there's no excuse for not having visited yet.

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              karykat RE: diesel Nov 11, 2011 03:20 PM

              I thought I saw Northern Spies at Mississippi Market. I could be wrong. I wasn't looking for them but kind of remember seeing them there. You could call and ask. They have lots of varieties.

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                soccermom13 RE: karykat Nov 13, 2011 05:17 AM

                Hi Karykat,
                Were you at the W7th or the Selby Miss. Mkt?
                Thanks.

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                  karykat RE: soccermom13 Nov 13, 2011 11:48 AM

                  I was at the Selby store. Rats. I was just there and didn't look. I didn't see them today but like I say - wasn't looking. They have a good selection I think.

                  Give them a buzz. The produce people will know right off.

                  Today I was at the St. Paul farmers market. And bought some Regents. There have been some good apples this year at the market.

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                    soccermom13 RE: karykat Nov 13, 2011 03:41 PM

                    Thanks so much, Kary. I'll try to swing by Selby tomorrow.

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                      soccermom13 RE: soccermom13 Nov 15, 2011 05:04 AM

                      Hi Kary,
                      I did not see N Spys at Miss Mkt, but I bought some other really good apples. The Regents are really good, aren't they? Do you eat them fresh only? How are they in pies/crisps?
                      Thanks again,
                      s-mom

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                        KTFoley RE: soccermom13 Nov 15, 2011 06:51 AM

                        I suspect that the season for fresh Northern Spies in the market is still going on. They're usually picked starting in mid-October. If Regents are hard to find, Haralsons are similar.

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                          karykat RE: soccermom13 Nov 15, 2011 10:34 AM

                          I haven't used the Regents in baking. Just got some at the farmers market for eating and they are good.

                          A couple weeks ago I got some harelsons at the farmers market and they were fantastic for a cobbler. They were kind of tart and kept their shape and did not get mushy, But I did not see any more last week.

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                            soccermom13 RE: karykat Nov 16, 2011 05:44 AM

                            Thanks, KT and Kary, for this info. Next up for me in my search for apples are Seward Coop and Heartland.

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                              karykat RE: soccermom13 Nov 16, 2011 08:08 AM

                              I was able to buy some Regents at the farmers market last week but I'm a little disappointed in them. They're not very intense in flavor. Kind of watery. They are destined for applesauce now. I should they asked to taste them first. The coops and the farmers market will let you do that.

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