Heirloom Apple Tasting

Friday October 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for all ages

Farmers once grew thousands of varieties of apples. In modern times, most of these old heirloom varieties are extremely rare, and are now grown by only a small handful of farms.

We're taste-testing some fantastic heirloom apples—all grown right here in Michigan! Join us to discover a diverse array of sweet, sour, crisp, soft, gnarly, delicious, and straight-up weird apple varieties!

AADL staff will be on hand to explain a bit of the history of each selection.

Here are the heirloom apples that we will sample:

Pink Pearl

Karmijn de Sonnaville

Grimes Golden

Fearn’s Pippin

Maiden Blush

Roxbury Russet

Hudsons Golden Gem

Sweet Alford


Calville Blanc


Thome Empire


heirloom apples

i've wanted to try many of these apple varieties but do not know where to get them

RE: Heirloom Apples

Thanks for your interest in this event! This year we will be using heirloom apple varieties from Alber Orchard & Cider Mill in Manchester, MI. Here is their website, if you have any interest:


Of course we hope to see you at our event too. It might present a good chance for you to try some varieties before you go out and buy them.

-Alex Pierzchala, The Ann Arbor District Library

Michigan Apples

Great to see apples grown in Michigan. I haven't heard of most of them.

RE: Michigan Apples

The idea behind this event is that we will be to introduce the folks in the room to varieties that they would not have necessarily heard of. We think that the average person will be unfamiliar with most of these apples.

Northern Spy are delicious apples

I was introduced to Northern Spy apples years ago when my brother sent me a 12 variety apple tasting pack for Xmas. They became my favorite apples but you can't always find them. I don't care for cooked apples, but I love traditional pie baking apples to eat. I've never heard of the other three but am looking forward to trying them. There would be a lot more fruits and vegetables I'd be willing to try if I got a chance to try before buying and got tips/tricks as how to prepare/serve.


This is great, I will be there. Pretty excited!

RE: Northern Spy are delicious apples

Thanks for your comment!

We're still waiting to confirm exactly which apples will be available this Friday, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed about the Northern Spy. It's one of my favorites too.


RE: Happy!

Awesome! See you there!


hahaha I was going to say you

hahaha I was going to say you can get them at Alber's Orchard in Manchester! Yay for my hometown orchard! :) It is the best orchard that hardly anyone knows about!

RE: hahaha I was going to say you

Lol. Yup. They're apparently Washtenaw County's best kept secret.