A list of resources for the novice fruit grower or cidermaker, the industry professional, and those who simply wish to visit Vintage Viginia Apples & Albemarle Ciderworks and dip their toes in the pool of fruit-related knowledge.
- Horticultural Information Sites
- Scionwood Resources
- Fruit Catalogs and Libraries
- Sites of Local Interest / Places to Stay in Central Virginia
- Heritage Harvest Festival
Heritage Harvest Festival, held annually in September at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Vintage Virginia Apples is one of the sponsors and participants in this event.
- North American Fruit Explorers
North American Fruit Explorers "is a network of individuals throughout the United States and Canada devoted to the discovery, cultivation and appreciation of superior varieties of fruits and nuts." Organized in the 1960s as a round robin letter correspondence among fruit enthusiasts, NAFEX meets annually in different parts of the country to explore topics of interest. It includes interest groups on many fruits, but apples remain a major theme. It's journal, POMONA, is published online.
- California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG)
California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) has a general interest in all aspects of fruit growing with a primary focus on semitropical fruits and on fruits and vegetables.
- Backyard Fruit Growers
Backyard Fruit Growers provides an exchange of information for amateurs and others in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
- Slow Food
Slow Food's catalog of apple varieties included in the Ark of Taste for preservation awareness
Horticultural Information Sites
- Penn State Extension
Penn State Extension “Fruit Production for the Home Gardener has been developed as a resource for people who wish to produce fruit on a small scale (one acre or less) and who are not legally licensed to use pesticides.”
- Virginia Fruit
The Virginia Fruit web site: Fruit production in the Mid-Atlantic, hosted at Virginia Tech
Cornell publication on the production of tree fruit
- The Virtual Orchard
The Virtual Orchard is a dedicated World Wide Web site for sustainable apple production. It provides a forum for research and extension projects dealing with commercial apple production and marketing issues.
- USDA - Agricultural Research Station PGRU
The USDA - Agricultural Research Station PGRU helps conserve and utilize genetic resources of apples and other fruits, and is located on the Geneva Campus of Cornell University.
- North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University's fact sheets on fruit growing.
- Penn State Horticulture Department
The Penn State Horticulture Department has a wealth of information. Visit the faculty biographies to meet Rich Marini, a presenter at the Orchard Planning and Planting Workshop hosted by Vintage Virginia Apples.
- University of Arkansas Extension, treatise on Cedar Apple Rust: http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/FSA-7538.pdf
- The Ballyshannon Fund
The Ballyshannon Fund, dedicated to the promotion of rural economics and creative means to appreciate, conserve, and maintain working farmland and professionally-managed timber land. The Fund sponsors the Ballyshannon Fund Forum at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
- Trellis Espalier System
Trellis Espalier System for Supported Apple Trees
- West Virginia University's Kearneysville Tree Fruit Research and Education Center
West Virginia University's Kearneysville Tree Fruit Research and Education Center is devoted to research plantings, with numerous orchard blocks established specifically for investigations in the areas of horticulture, entomology, and plant pathology.
- Appalachian Fruit Research Station (AFRS)
Appalachian Fruit Research Station (AFRS) studies critical problems of temperate fruit production.
- Good Fruit Grower
Pacific Northwest publication on various fruit topics.
- New York State Fruit Quarterly
This publication is a joint effort of the New York State Horticultural Society, Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva, and the New York State Apple Research and Development Program.
- A is for Antique Apples
Article: “A is for Antique Apples” by Patricia and David Mitchell.
- Washington State University
The Washington State University's apple research site, with excellent information on varieties, diseases, and disease-resistent strains.
- Apple Journal: A Passion for Apples
A wonderful online publication, Apple Journal: A Passion for Apples, from Minnesota.
- Estimated Tree Vigor
An article on Estimated Tree Vigor for apple varieties, by Ted Swenson.
- Fireblight/Resistant Varietals
Purdue Extension Services list of fireblight resistant apple varietals
- VCE: Assessing the Economic Feasibility of Growing Apples for Hard Cider Producers https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/AREC/AREC-46/AREC-46.html
- Bee-friendly Practices in the Orchard, a downloadable pdf from the MSU extension
- Big Horse Creek Farm
A Family-owned orchard and nursery in the mountains of Ashe County, North Carolina focused on preservation of heirloom apple varieties.
- Maple Valley Orchards
A large selection of scionwood from antique apple varieties from a nursery in Gillett, Wisconsin.
- Satyr Fen Farm
A farm in Willis, Virginia raising heriloom sheep, geese, horses and - of course - apples.
- Fedco Trees http://www.fedcoseeds.com/trees/?item=801
Fruit Catalogs and Libraries
Brogdale’s “A World of Fruit,” home of the National Fruit Collection for the UK. This site has descriptions for over 2,000 varieties of apples, many with pictures of the exterior and interior of the fruit.
- Missouri State University’s Paul Evans Library
Missouri State University’s Paul Evans Library includes references on pomology.
- Orange Pippin
A comprehensive directory of orchards, apple varieties and special events around the world. Includes information about cherries and plums.
- Trees of Antiquity
A comprehensive catalog with descriptions and uses for antique apple varieties.
Pictures and descriptions of many heirloom apple varieties.
- Tullens Fruit Farm
Quality British heirloom apples and apple juice are produced at Tullens Fruit Farm in Sussex, England. The site includes a pictorial catalog of the apple varieties grown there.
- Celebrating America's Unique Apple Diversity: Selected Literature
This bibliography is a selected compilation from the rich pool of information resources at the National Agricultural Library about heirloom apples.
- Virginia Tech Extension & Cider Research
a wonderful resource for cider hobbyists and commercial cideries alike.
- Cornell University Cooperative Extension
some of the most cider-centric research on the east coast, with a great list of resources.
- Economic Feasibility of Growing Apples for Hard Cider Producers
a wonderful blog on the economics of all things cider, by Eleanor Leger of Eden Specialty Ciders
- Of Apples and Cider http://www.ciderworkshop.com/links.html
website for Claude Jolicoeur, author of The Cidermaker's Handbook
- The Wittenham Hill Cider Portal
All about cider-making, from Andrew Lea, author of Craft Cidermaking
- Washington State University Extension
University of Washington cider and fruit resource
- Virginia Cider Producers
Listing of cider producers around the state
Sites of Local Interest/Places to Stay in Central Virginia
- Artisan Center of Virginia
- Visit Charlottesville, Virginia
Destinations and events around the Charlottesville area.
- Bed and Breakfasts
A few lodging choices
Explore Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's mountaintop home, gardens, and plantation. Monticello is owned and operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia.
- Crossroads Inn
The Inn at the Crossroads is less than a mile from Vintage Virginia Apples and offers attractive accomadations and rates for those attending our events. The recently-renovated guest house at Rural Ridge Orchard is available through this site. Make your reservations for one of our upcoming events. Highly recommended.