Apples come from Afghanistan. I learned that at Weston's Antique Apple Orchard in New Berlin, Wisconsin. It's a small orchard on the sloping side of the valley formed by the Sub-Contiental Divide. Kenny Weston is the third generation farmer to cultivate heirloom varieties of apples in this spot. There's a section of apples of the oldest varieties from Afghanistan and the whole orchard is populated with unusual apples that have been cultivated for hundreds of years. Some were grown at Monticello, some are starchy and russetted like potatoes, some blood red or blush pink inside and smell like roses with names like Chenango Strawberry and Oxheart Pippin.
There is nothing industrial or mechanized at the orchard. Kenny gets on a ladder to shake the trees and pick the apples, and if you ask a question he will tell you a lot about apples. There are no pumpkins or hayrides--or crowds. On Sundays in the fall the orchard is open from noon to five and you can browse in the barn for apples currently in harvest, apple cider, and baked goods made by his daughter. And then walk the orchard.
It's about an hour and half north of Chicago, 20 minutes west of Milwaukee. Weston's Antique Apple Orchard.