I have spent a lot of time drying apples and have the cupboard stuffed with what my sister and I refer to as ’emergency fruit.’ I have to tell you that those little packets have saved me from a rumbly tummy more times than I can count.
My niece took exception to the term and stated that the variety of dried fruit that gets mingled in a bag and hauled on every trip into the woods, tucked into every vehicle we own, and even poked into gift baskets should be renamed ‘adventure fruit!’ The new name fits well and now I just have to remember to call it by the new name!
Now I am weary of shuffling drying racks each day, yet I still have apples left. I have switched to freezing.
Just like the zucchini, I have been preparing chopped apples for the freezer.
Once the weather is more toward the colder side, I will be using the frozen apples in pies and breads.
Butler the dog just couldn’t resist. I had the usual bucket of apples all sliced up for the cows in the barn. He went right over to the bucket and stole a juicy half and ate it as quickly as he could thinking he would not get into trouble if there was no evidence found. He did not know that I happened to have the camera at the ready.
No, this is not a torture device and the dog in the background is just a photo hound (he seems to always know when I am about to snap a picture).
This is the basket that is attached to a nine foot pole. It is by far the easiest way to get plums, apples and pears off the big, 100 years old, fruit trees. Continue reading
We have harvested several seasons of the early apples, now we come to the fall apples.
My favorite by far are the Honeycrisp. We have been eating them over the last month and now they are sweet enough for drying some also. Continue reading
What looks like the start of a delicious side-dish is really a bucket full of overgrown squash that will be added to the dinner of hay and apples in the barn for the cows.
Even the calves enjoy the variety of the garden veggies this time of year. The critters stand drooling while I am cutting up the fresh produce.
This time of year, the fruit trees are dropping the excess pears and apples from the trees. The immature fruit is falling from the tree as a natural thinning program in an effort to produce larger fruit. Leaving the fruit on the ground to rot not only makes a mess but it encourages rodent activity.
We pick up the fallen fruit daily. The cows are rewarded with the discarded fruit. The bounty is about five gallons a day that is split between morning and evening feedings. Continue reading