The Preservation Orchard symbolizes much that is unique about Arbor
Day Farm itself—a place that preserves the best practices
of the past while keeping an eye to the future. In the 180 antique
apple trees, representing 165 different apple varieties, can be
found both a living record of some of the finest known apples, and
a genetic repository that may one day help create varieties well
suited to a changing climate. A trip to the Farm during apple harvest
offers visitors an opportunity to experience the wonderful flavor
of some of these old favorites.
Arbor Day Farm's historic Preservation Orchard is home to
many legendary apples, including the Wolf River, an apple
so large that it takes only one to make a pie. The Wolf River
is shown here next to another old variety, the petite “Lady”
The unique Chenango Strawberry may resemble a strawberry
in color and markings, but is all apple in taste.
This distinctive apple, red to the core, is the Almata.