Those are usually fruits that I recommend for somebody who wants to do it in their backyard. Moran and Smith both agreed that you should contact your local nursery to get more information on the best fruit trees for your area. Smith said that growers in warmer climates with longer growing seasons and milder winters will want to plant in the fall before the last potential for freeze, but Moran said that growers in colder climates like Maine would be better off planting in the early spring so the trees can properly establish themselves before freezing temperatures arrive.
Depending on whether the tree is self-pollinating, you may need to get more than one and space them. Apples, pears and sweet cherries, Smith said, are not self-fertile. They need two different sources of pollen, so you will need at least two different trees that produce different varieties of the same fruit for successful pollination. For self-pollinating trees like peaches, sour cherries and apricots, on the other hand, you only need one tree. Smith and Moran agree that your local cooperative extension is the best resource to help you determine what exactly you need to help trees thrive on your land.