Rose's StoryI live near an apple orchard and this is the list the owner gave me of apples you can use for apple pies.
apples for pies
1In September and October the apples for pies are: Cortland, Johathan, Empire, Jonagold Melrose, Golden Delicious, Crispin, Stayman Winesap, Nittany, York Imperial, Rome and Fuji and Granny Smith.
2The tart ones are: Cordland, Jonathan, Empire, Janagold, Melrose, Stayman Winesap York Imperial and Granny Smith. The Sweet ones are: Rome, Crispin, Fuji, Nittany. There are more but they come out at different times of the year. My apple pies I use mostly Rome with two Granny Smith for sweet and tart combination.. The apple sauce list is the same. Hope this is helpful.