This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We quite agree with a correspondent who thinks "the enclosed may be a settler for those who think the apple is not profitable in Pennsylvania".
Charles B. Ott, of Springfield, is an extensive and successful grower of apples for market. He has an orchard of forty acres, of which ten acres are of the Red Astrachan variety, now just ripening and ready for sale. This apple is of a fine red color, quite acid in flavor, and well adapted for cooking and eating. Mr. Ott's trees this season bear a fine crop, and he is actively engaged in sending the product to the neighboring towns, where they are sold without difficulty. The apples are carried in wagons to Easton, Quaker-town, Bethlehem, Allentown and Catasauqua, and the trouble is to find sufficient transportation at this busy season. The price realized is about $1.20 per bushel, at which Mr. Ott's apple crop pays him pretty well. The soil of that portion of Bucks county is admirably adapted to fruit growing, and the opening of an avenue to market by the construction of a railroad would add greatly to the value of real estate.