King of Tompkins County
King of Tompkins County

Last week my wife made apple pie from apples I procured from a number of heirloom varietals that we planted 13 years ago in the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, where I work.

The varietals came from a grower in Maine, from apples originally grown in early 19th century upstate New York and New England. The museum made a point of planting only varietals that predated 1910. According to my records, these apples were Newtown Spitzenburg, King of Tompkins County and Westfield Seek-No-Further. The pie was delicious!

John Gapper’s column “Perfect apples and the Cosmic Crisp” (October 24) is a sad commentary on what had been a wonderfully diverse apple population during the early days of the Republic. I look forward to next year’s harvest to taste the bounty of these young trees, scions of hoary varietals.

As my wife said, apples are truly the most generous of trees.

Ted Gaffney
Waterford, CT, US

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