The Delaware Local Food Exchange in Elsmere is coordinating a bulk apple order this week from Three Springs Fruit Farm, a family-owned, Food Alliance certified farm in Wenksville PA. Save 50% on a half-bushel of local apples: $28 for the half bushel (23-25 lbs). Given that the price of apples hardly ever goes below .99/lb anymore (and that’s usually for non-local boring old Red Delicious!) this is a great deal.
Here’s the catch: you have to order no later than Monday, 2/10 at 10pm by emailing email@example.com.
Apples will be delivered on Wednesday, 2/12 and the Food Exchange will email upon their arrival.
- Crimson Gala: darker, more attractive Gala strain
- Aztec Fuji: seriously sweet and highly colored this year
- Jonagold: great flavor and a fantastic substitute for Honeycrisp (our favorite)
- Stayman/Winesap: good, old fashioned more tart than sweet apple for eating and baking. An heirloom variety, it does sport more disease problems in its appearance (we like these for applesauce and crisp, although Maverick favors it for snacking on, just for its tartness)
- Cameo: more tart than sweet – very good color, very good size. An eating apple on par with Jonagold.
I got all this info from the Exchange’s newsletter, which is always a treat to read. It lets you know what local foods are coming in each week, along with recipes and updates for classes you can take like canning, seed starting and whatnot.