Re: Fresh apples
Tower Hill botanical garden in Massachusetts also has an interesting orchard. It is all heirlooms, and is usually a source for scion wood for hard to find apples. (no scion wood this year due to fireblight) Last year we went to the Apple Daze taste fest, and tried many kinds. Lots of fun. Unlike your suggestion in Mn, Tower Hill does not develop new apples. I have grown Sweet 16, which has not become as popular as I thought that it would. I grow Honeycrisp too, but not well.