first time apple growing
I am new to the forum and would like to grow a few apple trees in our backyard. I am new to this and totally overwhelmed about the types of apple trees etc and could use some expert advise on where to start.
We live in coastal CT in zone 6B. I am looking for 1-3 trees that will produce delicious apples for fresh eating as soon as possible and fruit that can last after harvest for a while. The apples could be smaller sized or larger is fine too.
I would like something that is closer to bearing fruit than waiting for years if possible. What type do you recommend? Could I plant something now or do I have to wait until next spring? Any advice on prepping the soil or things I need to do to get the best crop the first year?
Thank you so much!!!