Picking Schedule

With thirteen different apple varieties and over 5,000 apple trees, picking at the Wickham Farms orchard typically begins in late August or early September and lasts until mid to late October. Be sure to check back for picking updates before you come as each growing season is always a little different!

Varieties

Description

Status & Target Picking Date

Zestar

An early season apple that’s juicy, with a light and crisp texture. Developed at the University of Minnesota, Zestar! trees are especially hardy and handle cold weather beautifully. Like the name says, there’s zesty flavor and crunch when you bite into one.

Eating

Closed

Late August through October (while supplies last)

Jonamac
Jonamac

A cross between Jonathan and McIntosh apples, Jonamac is closer to a McIntosh in terms of flavor, just a bit sweeter. Many people love the touch-of-honey taste of a Jonamac, a great eating and sauce apple.

Eating

Sauce

Closed

September through October (while supplies last)

Gala
Gala

A great choice for snacking, Gala is a variety developed in New Zealand. It’s got the mild flavor that “picky eaters” prefer, plus a striking bright yellow-red color that also makes it visually appealing.

Eating

Closed

September through October (while supplies last)

McIntosh
McIntosh

Nothing evokes fall better than the aromatic fragrance of McIntosh apples. This variety has been enjoyed since 1811 when John McIntosh discovered the first seedling. McIntosh apples grow particularly well in New York’s cool climate.

Eating

Sauce

Baking

Closed

Mid September through October (while supplies last)

Honeycrisp
Honeycrisp

Sometimes the name of an apple says it all. Honeycrisp apples are honey sweet (with a touch of tart) and amazingly crisp. Kids love the taste, and it’s easy to see why this recent variety has continued to grow in popularity since its 1991 introduction in Minnesota.

Eating

Sauce

Baking

Closed

Mid September through October (while supplies last)

Empire
Empire

With the popular Red Delicious and McIntosh for parents, Empire was destined to be a hit when it was developed at Cornell University in the ‘40s. It’s a sweet-tart combination that’s very versatile. Great for salads, pies and sauces. Smaller Empires are the perfect apple for a school lunch. 

Eating

Sauce

Baking

Closed

Late September through October (while supplies last)

Macoun
Macoun

Macoun was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva in 1932, and is named for a famous Canadian fruit breeder. This apple is known for its extra sweet and juicy taste.

Eating

Sauce

Closed

Late September through October (while supplies last)

Northern Spy
Northern Spy

This apple is a bakers dream! It features a tartness that is perfect for pie baking and apple sauce. Despite being an “antique” variety, this apple has remained popular due its baking qualities. This variety ripens late and stores well. 

Baking

Sauce

Closed

October (while supplies last)

Fuji
Fuji

Fuji apples have it all – they’re super sweet, wildly juicy, extremely crisp, and ideal for snacking. This Japanese apple has American parents, Red Delicious and Ralls Janet, an antique apple that goes back to the days of Thomas Jefferson and 1793.

Eating

Sauce

Baking

Closed

October (while supplies last)

Jonagold
Jonagold

Jonagold is another success story from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. It’s a cross between mellow Golden Delicious and tart Jonathan apples, and creates a great aroma when baked in apple pies. Jonagold apples are also the choice variety for the famous Wickham Farms fried apples!

Eating

Sauce

Baking

Closed

October (while supplies last)

Red Delicious
Red Delicious

These popular mildly sweet apples are grown across the country, but only our Red Delicious have the slight tartness so characteristic of apples from New York. If you haven’t tried an Apple Country® Delicious, you haven’t tried what we consider the best Delicious. These apples also look great for a long time so they are the perfect centerpiece apple!

Eating

Closed

October (while supplies last)

Cameo
Cameo

A bright, red-striped apple with a creamy orange color; firm and crisp. It has a thin skin with a sweet/tart flavor, and makes a great fresh eating apple. You may even notice a hint of pear.

Eating

Sauce

Baking

Closed

Late October (while supplies last)

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