John Polk wrote:Trees of Antiquity has a wonderful selection of heirloom fruit trees. They are not cheap, but most of them are certified organic.
However, I strongly recommend people to buy trees from nurseries as close to home as possible. A tree that was born/raised in a different climate zone may not do as well when transplanted into your zone. Trees of Antiquity is based in zone 9, Central California, so their trees are used to a mild winter. They do have many varieties that would be difficult to find elsewhere, so it may be worth the chance, but you may need to give them special protection the first winter (or two).
I know people who have bought from them, and the trees are strong and healthy, but they are close to them climate-wise.
John Sizemore wrote:
The golden delicious apple was a wild grown one that a kid decided not to cut down in the middle of hay field in West Virginia. Later on his father decided he liked the apples it produced and shipped some to a commercial nursery. The nursery came by and bought the tree to take grafting stock off of and the rest is history.
The granny smith was growing out of a compost pile at Mrs. Smith farm in Australia. So you just may start your own breed of apple.