Annual Apple Search Newsletters
Tom is showing his wife, Merrikay, a Gloria Mundi apple.
On the table left to right are Winter Sweet Russet, Green Bellflower, White Vandever, Big Horse, Black Beauty, White Bellflower, and Deep Eye.
This year I would like to share with you the incredible story of Wilkes County apples; 400 varieties mentioned in the county. This has convinced me that there are a very large number of widely distributed apples that "slipped under the radar". These were never fully recorded in apple texts which mainly concentrated on well-known national varieties and scattered occasional reports of previously unmentioned apple varieties.
As an example of widely dispersed apples, east of Clayton, GA, several members of a Speed family described a Bart apple to me; all these were long-gone except for one limb in a tree. Twelve years passed without a single new mention of a Bart apple, which could easily lead to the impression that this apple was just a local family apple. Two years ago a man contacted me about their family previously having six Bart apple trees 361 miles away in south central Tennessee. Then this year another person contacted me about Bart apple trees that had been located 122 miles further north from the other Tennessee site.
The mention of 400 apple varieties in Wilkes County might seem like an extremely high number, but when you consider the late date when I gathered the information and the more knowledgeable older people who passed before I could talk to them; I would confidently say that there were actually many, many more apple varieties in the county.
These newsletters tell of the apples Tom found during the year as well as interesting stories about the apple search.
- 2012 Newsletter
- 2011 Newsletter
- 2010 Newsletter
- 2009 Newsletter
- 2008 Newsletter
- 2007 Newsletter
- 2006 Newsletter
- 2005 Newsletter
- 2004 Newsletter
- 2003 Newsletter