Did you know that BJ’s produce buyers have personally selected a supplier who shares BJ’s passion of providing the highest quality, best tasting apples at a great price? Hudson River Fruit, a fourth generation family owned orchards based in Milton, NY operates acres upon acres of orchards in the hills and valleys of New York and Vermont. You can find 9 apple varieties at BJ’s.
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1. The Hudson Valley is deep rooted with orchards that are home to a very diverse array of apples you may not normally find in other regions. I honestly have only heard of 3 types of apples (Gala, Red Delicious, McIntosh) before heading to BJ’s to take a closer look. I was amazed at the variety of apples that are available.
2. Locally grown apples taste better because family farms like Hudson River Fruit pick the apples when they’re ripe to eat, unlike long distance fruit farms, which have to pick apples for traveling conditions. These farms are forced to pick them prior to their full sugar potential, which leads to a less sweet apple. I’ve had unsweet apples before. Not very tasty at all. It’s all about when apples are picked!
3. Hills and mountains with high altitude climates (such as Hudson River Fruit Southern Vermont Orchards in Bennington, VT, which is 1,400 ft. above sea level) are often less susceptible to late frosts than lowland sites. How about them apples?
4. The soil here has different minerals, and composts than the West. Sunny days and cool nights along with the rich soil help to bring out the wonderful flavor and sweetness of the apples. Again, it’s all about the sweetness with our family. Fresh & sweet apples are the best for our pies and daily snacking.
5. Hudson River Fruit is able to pick, pack, and ship fresh grown apples within 24 hours, as opposed to coming from a different area, where it can take weeks to get to you. The short distance also allows for a less carbon foot print to the local fruit compared to long distance growing areas.
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I decided to test it out. First I sliced up a few apples and let the kids try them out. They like theirs with a little peanut butter. It passed the kids test. All four gave the Cortland and McIntosh apples a thumbs up. But I took it a step further. Do these apples bake well? I picked up a bag of Honeycrisp apples at BJ’s and baked my favorite apple crumb pie. Two thumbs up! Fresh, delicious, and most of all…SWEET just like we love our pie!
Disclosure: this is a sponsored post from BJ’s. All opinions are 100% my own.