Monday, October 10, 2011

Apple Picking


We picked apples today! It was such a beautiful day for it too! We are having a summer like week this week with warm temps and sun, all week long. It's a good time to get some fall work done outside!

My friend,
Janet, and I picked the apples this morning. Hubby worked on another job.
We have several apple trees but most don't produce usable apples or they have just little ones. There is only one really good apple tree that is worth picking. I have no idea what kind of apples they are. I haven't made an effort to become informed about apples. I know 'Delicious' apples, 'Cortlands' and my grocery store favourites, 'Royal Gala' which taste more like pears than apples, but I am sorely lacking in apple knowledge otherwise.

This is what we harvested this morning. It's a lovely bunch of apples, especially for an organic, never sprayed tree. That's it pictured at the top too. Beautiful apples! If you know what kind they are, please tell me.

The deer have already eaten all the apples within their reach, (which is also our reach). We didn't have a ladder so we had to climb. I climbed up into the tree and out on the branches to shake them, then we picked them up off the ground. The apples are the perfect ripeness now. Ripe enough to fall easily when the branches are shaken, but haven't fallen on the ground on their own yet. We didn't have a ladder so we had to do it this way. It worked well enough. We got lots of good apples!

I haven't climbed a tree in decades! I used to be good at it, once upon a time. I have become more careful in my older age. It was a humbling experience. I have lost some of my nerve, but I'm thinking maybe that's good thing...

The apples will sit in the kitchen for now, where I will work on them here and there. I had thought to leave them on the porch until I had time to work on them but, after remembering that we get racoon visits, moved them into the house. I must always remember the racoons!
These will be made into apple sauce, pie filling, baked apples and the good ones will go into the cold cellar for storage. We can keep apples in there, at least this year, because we don't have any other veggies in there with them. We didn't grow potatoes or carrots. (Ripening apples emit ethelene gas that makes other things ripen very fast and not keep very long.) The squash will be in there, but just for a short time, until they are ripe, then they go into the freezer. I need the squash seed for the seed store.

It was a lot of work but well worth the effort! We are looking forward to homemade applesauce and pies!

I am also planning on making apple wine, of course, and I can do that in the middle of the winter :-)




All in all it was a great endeavour and well worth doing, even though I would not have wanted to do it by myself. Big jobs always go much faster and are more fun with a friend! Don't you think so? Thank you Janet for your help!

Update next day: I graded the apples into three categories and put them all into the cellar. They are in shallow boxes with newspaper between each layer. I have read that they keep the best if individually wrapped in newspaper but I'm not doing that! lol! This is the next best thing. I will probably process the "eat me first" category within the next couple of weeks. Possibly into wine, definitely into apple sauce.

I love having our own organic apples!




8 comments:

Darlene's Quilts and Stuff said...

I love Gala apples too. Thee is no Royal in the front of them though. They are so sweet right now mine came from the USA but I don';t know which state. Our Meijer store had apples all types for $.49 a pound last week.

Nichole said...

That's great! I cannot wait until we get our apple trees planted. Homemade applesauce is the best :)

The Japanese Redneck said...

We have pears coming out the wahzoo as my hubby says.

No apples. Sounds like you'll have plenty of work ahead for you but it will be yummy in the end.

Linda Stubbs said...

I enjoy making applesauce also. We like ours over ice cream in the winter. Kind of like apple pie ala-mode!

Love putting things up for winter.......work, but so nice to know it is easy to grab off the shelf!

Blessings to your day!
Linda
Prairie Flower Farm

Wills Kitchen said...

Those are the most beautiful appels Let us know if you find out what kind they are.

Providence Acres Farm said...

I think they are 'northern spy' variety. I know we have another tree that is a spy, according to my MIL (who is an authority on apples) and these are identical.

Terry and Linda said...

By the way I made your bread and it was good. I have a heck of time finding really good gluten free recipes but this one is a keeper!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Providence Acres Farm said...

Hi Linda! I'm glad it worked out for you! I like it too! This gluten free muffin recipe is really good, as well:
http://providence-acres.blogspot.com/2011/09/great-gluten-free-muffins.html