Weston’s Antique Apples

Earlier today I posted an update about my search for Astrachan apples, which tied back to my “Immigrant Apples” post on January 14th.  A kind reader checked the website for Weston’s Antique Apples, where she found them listed.  I’d heard of Weston’s, but have never visited the orchard.

Well, after I posted that, a friend popped me an email.  She was an interpreter at Old World Wisconsin when I worked there, and she said she thought that Weston’s came to Old World during Autumn on the Farms.  I checked last year’s event schedule on OWW’s website, and she was right.  Ken Weston brought some of his apples to sell at the Visitor Center (where some of the site’s own heirloom produce is also offered for sale.)

Talk about full circle!

Many thanks to all who have contacted me, on the blog or via email, with tips, suggestions, and reminiscences.  Oh, and if you haven’t tried Otto Hilgendorf’s Sour Cream Apple Pie recipe (posted on 1/14/10), check it out.   It’s getting rave reviews.

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5 Responses to “Weston’s Antique Apples”

  1. Donna Druchunas Says:

    Love these apple posts! Have you read Apples are from Kazakhstan? Not totally about apples, but I found it to be very interesting and well written.

    http://www.amazon.com/Apples-Are-Kazakhstan-Land-Disappeared/dp/0977743381

    Donna

    • Kathleen Ernst Says:

      I haven’t read that, so thanks for the tip. It’s now on my to-read list. I see that Library Journal gave it a starred review, saying “A delightful and masterful travelogue. . . . combining grave topics with less grave ones and adding a good dose of wit. . . . Highly recommended.”

  2. Reynardine Says:

    Alma-Ata in fact means “Father of Apples”, and the wild apples of Altai look surprisingly like orchard apples. The original apple, whose binomial I now forget, was crossed with others as it travelled, most Western varieties with Malus sylvestris. Malus soulardii, the Soulard crab, is a naturally occuring cross with Malus ioensis with shrimp-pink blossoms and palatable, golfball-size yellow fruit. There may be other North American apples with some genetic introgression from native stock adapting them to our conditions.

    Why was Johnny Appleseed a wicked man? He had Malus towards all!

  3. Reynardine Says:

    In fact, that first apple was Malus sieversi, and its fruit wouldn’t look out of place in any orchard, but I understand it’s normally a lot higher in tannins, like European hardcider apples.

  4. Brewtaster Says:

    Reblogged this on Brewtaster and commented:
    splendid

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