Well, they won. Those darned beavers took down every last one of our beautiful old apple trees. The orchard was planted long before we came, probably 30 or 40 years ago, next to a pretty stream that feeds the pond on our property. Unfortunately, the little critters found it the perfect place to fell the trees, and float them down the stream, and across the pond to their dam. Now we are faced with starting over. I don't know what kind of apples they were. They were small, green and red, crisp, and sweet/tart. I would like to place the new trees closer to the house. We are in zone 5, and have clay soil that we enrich with lots of aged manure. I prefer not to use chemical sprays. Can anyone suggest a good source for reasonably priced trees? I would like apples with an old fashioned flavor, that aren't too disease prone. They don't have to be big or pretty. Any suggestions on variety? Would standard or dwarf be better? I'm sure the old ones were standard. We kept them pruned (a skill which I am only now getting good at after 10 years of practice!). Right now, I only get the regular seed catalogs with a couple of trees offered. There must be some company that specializes in fruit trees. Any advice would be much appreciated!