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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Apples

Unless some one leaves me a question we are going to do the alphabet of foods.

My long time readers now that last year during apple season I managed to get 250lbs of apples for free. We did a lot of apple recipes and apple trivia for that one.

Apples are on of the foods that you can find in the US that will be local. Forget your store bought apples from half way around the world. Apples can be grown in the US, anywhere. Look through your local papers, Internet searches and extension office to find a U-pick it near you. I found mine by asking friends and family if they knew where a u-picked for apple was, turns out there where in Eden. {the street the farm was on was named Eden} And not too far from my home.

For more on apples check out the U of I extension office site, or click on my tag that says apples. Just make sure to get back here in 30 minutes!

7 comments:

Killi said...

Apple trees will be the first thing I'll try growing here. I had a supplier of specialist trees in the UK & wonder if he will send to Ireland ~ I'd like another Mediaeval Catshead (enormous cookers) as well as eaters & if I could get a crab apple tree too.............

Phelan said...

MOrning Killi, glad to see you here. Crab apples are easy to grow, through out a rotting apple into your field, that's how we got them. Good jams. Good luck on getting those trees.

Marina said...

We have some sort of apple tree in the front yard, but have never gotten anything larger than a golf ball from it. One year, it didn't bloom because the EvilPillars gnawed it down to twigs. We're hoping to have a pair or two of apple trees in the future orchard, but that is (or seems to be) many years in the future.

Phelan said...

They could be crab apples.

polliwog said...

Do you have a good (easy) apple butter recipe? We do get a lot of apples here on the Island some years. Sadly, we used to get tons every fall from our friends that passed away recently in a plane crash. I wonder what will happen to their apple trees? The woman was a master gardener.

Phelan said...

Yes, yes I do, click on apple tags to find it, or wait, and I'll post it.

Merry said...

My grandpa planted a crab apple tree many years ago at the farm. It's just a small tree, very delicate. Usually high spring winds rip all but a handful of the most tenacious blossoms off; this year, though, despite some of the highest winds I've seen in my life, the crab apple lost maybe a handful of petals. It usually produces really well when it keeps its blossoms, so I have my fingers crossed. I haven't had a crab apple pudding or pie or jam in eighteen years.

From the sounds of it, all of the trees, shrubs and flowers at the farm had quite a good showing, especially the lilacs that my grandmother dug up from her mother's hedge and transplanted out there when she and grandpa married.

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