Excellent for fresh eating and pie filling; a firm sweet apple.

Ripening Mid September

Homestead Orchards planted its first apple trees in 1989, and we now grow over twenty varieties. In season, all of our apple varieties are available fresh picked in our store, and some are also available on our accessible Pick Your Own Orchard (PYO). 

Honeycrisp  PYO
Crisp and juicy, excellent fresh eating.

Ida Red

Tart apple, excellent for eating or baking. Stores very well.


Mildly tart, sweetens as it ripens. Excellent for fresh eating, sauces, and baking (cooks soft) 

Jonagold  PYO
Golden Delicious/Jonathan cross. 
Cream coloured flesh, sweet and firm.  Excellent for eating and cooking. 

Northern Spy
Large, crisp and firm.  A tart flavour, excellent for pies and baked apples.

​Gingergold PYO
Crisp and juicy, excellent fresh eating.  Resists browning.​​

Sweet to tart apple, great for fresh eating. Can be used in pies and chunky sauces.

Gala PYO

Crisp and juicy, excellent for fresh eating. Great for salads.  

Tart and juicy, great for baking and sauces

Golden Russet
Sweet, tangy and hard, great for eating. Can be used for pies and sauces.  One of Ontario's oldest varieties. 

Ripening Early October

A tasty heritage apple, good fresh eating. 

Golden Delicious 
Sweet, firm and juicy, keeps shape when baked.  Great for fresh eating or baking.

Ripening Late September

Ripening Late August

Homestead Orchards

McIntosh/Jersey Black cross. Distinctive taste and firm texture. Great for fresh eating. 


A tart apple, mainly grown in Nova Scotia. Great for baking  

Cortland PYO
 Mildly sweet and crisp, resists browning. Excellent for fresh eating and salads.  Keeps shape when baked. 

Red Delicious
Firm, sweet and juicy.  Excellent fresh eating. Not recommended for baking.

Ripening Early September

Granny Smith  
Very tart, crisp and firm. Great for eating, can be used for cooking.

Empire PYO
McIntosh/Red Delicious cross.  Juicy, firm, crisp. Tasty and keeps well, good for eating and baking.

Jonamac  PYO
A Jonathan/McIntosh Cross. Crisp and firm, good for fresh eating, pies, and applesauce

Ripening  Mid October