I'm getting super excited for this spring to roll around. My plan is to plant an orchard of fruit trees that will be hardy for the elements. I have about 1/3-1/2 acre that I can plant for fruit trees/shrubs. I am looking for good edibles and my question is if anybody has had any experience with what varieties tolerate and survive winters here and produce good edible fruits. I'm not looking for a ton of one tree but a variety to plant in groups of two's or threes then plant another fruit next to it, ie. plums, apples, apricots, pears, raspberries, any non traditional fruits, etc... Once the orchard was established i'd also open it up to browse for wildlife in the winter.
Should I mention I love fruit! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.