Sunday, September 19, 2010
Bumper Crop of Apples
It's autumn here with cool nights and leaves falling from the trees but autumn isn't all about death and dying as some of my friends think. The apple trees are loaded with beautiful red, green and yellow apples, relatively worm free this year despite the fact we don't spray. The biggest, oldest apple tree bears pie apples, those not-too-juicy yellow apples that cook up in a pie without making it watery. Three younger trees bear eating apples, one jonagold, one winesap, and one whose type I can't recall. The seckel pear tree has an ample crop too despite it's age, close to 100 years. A cider press or root cellar would be useful right now but without those options for saving the bounty we'll eat what we can, make a few pies, and feed some to the horses.