More Than 300 Heirloom Varieties At Living Apple Museum

Apple trees are a living, vital part of America’s landscape. An orchard in New York has taken this heritage to heart. LynOaken Farms in Medina, NY, recently opened what is being dubbed a living museum of heirloom apples. As the public’s interest in unique offerings and varieties on the orchard grows, this offering seemed like a natural fit, says Chris Oakes, orchard manager for LynOaken.

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“We wanted to show the genetic diversity and history of some of the apples,” said Oakes to the OrleansHub.

LynOaken Farms boasts a resume of more than 300 heirloom varieties on 5.5 acres, including varieties such as such as Redfield, Ben Davis, and Spitzenberg. The apples are available in a U-Pick orchard that opened on Sept. 1. It is believed to be the largest collection of heirloom varieties in one location as a U-pick venue. The farm partnered with a local Amish horticulturist to amass the varieties.

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