Grand Rapids is probably the northern limit for many of the varieties produced by our own University of Minnesota. In saying that, I know we are gambling a little in our hopes to produce apples on a consistent basis, but it is a venture that we are excited about trying.
The apple trees are still quite young, but each year we hope to harvest more and more apples from our orchard. We have about 1200 trees all on very dwarfing rootstocks. The plants are grown in a slender spindle system. The spacing is about 4 feet between plants with rows 12 feet apart.
We have planted several old time favorites, but also have many newer varieties like Honeycrisp, Zestar, Frostbite and the exciting new variety called SweeTango. In 2016 we put in a small planting of Minnesota's latest release, MN 55. It is an early variety, flavor and texture characteristics similar to Honeycrisp with a long storage life.