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How long do apple trees take to produce fruit? How long until you have enough apple juice? This blog is dedicated to my trips to the apple orchards in central Pennsylvania, and my observations on all things "appley". I have two over-achieving boys, so I am always looking for fun ways to educate them and have some fun along the way!

Tuesday, August 22, 2011

I was able to manage to find an orchard in Pennsylvania that had some Balsams and Golden Delicious apples, in addition to many Red Delicious and Granny Smiths. Here is one of the Balsams. As you can see, it has what looks like what is called a "crinkle cut". These apples are so fragile that sometimes I think the apples are just made of paper.

The next tree I came to was this Granny Smith, and it was a beauty! It looked great from the curb, but when I got closer, it just didn't look like it had a lot of size. The one in the previous picture, however, had a much larger size and a lot of weight! I also realized why the orchardkeeper didn't want me to pick this apple off the tree and take it home. The apples looked so delicate, and I was really tempted to take a bite!

This Balsam had a few funny names on it, but there was one that I did try. Not sure if I got to try to peel it, but I'm pretty sure that I didn't. The skin was so rough and tough. If I had seen it in the grocery store, I would have thought that it was from China or South America!

It also had a wonderfully fragrant smell. It was also really delicious! I think this was my favorite. And since I'm also not supposed to pick up apples, I'm going to name it "Don't Pick Me"

Even though I'm not supposed to pick up apples, I'm getting pretty good at peeling and eating them. The next tree had what looked like a Supremes, and I thought that I could take a bite. I also thought it was a Supremes, but I was wrong. It was a Honeycrisp. I think this one would have been a lot prettier than the Supremes!

All in all, I had a great day. I'm happy to be able to get an apple, especially because I was standing there for about an hour while they were all unloading and harvesting. I also was on the inside, so I could see the apples from the loading dock.

As usual, I have so many more photos that I couldn't include in this blog post. I will try to remember them all, but this post is getting pretty long. Hope everyone had a great day yesterday!

Monday, August 21, 2011

Last week was my first week off of work in six weeks. It's really nice to be able to relax and have a little time to myself. While my son is home from school for the summer, he doesn't do much of anything. The difference between being home all the time and going back and forth to school is like night and day. Of course, he does get to visit with his mother and me every weekend, and he has several hours a day of on-line school work. For him, schoolwork is like therapy, and that's a good thing. I have so much I have to do and get done this summer, and this is the only way that I have to be able to do it.

While I was at home, I did manage to get in a little bit of fun. I think that I should have one of these posted as my profile picture on Facebook, because this is just too good not to share with everyone! It's also super cool that "everyone" is able to find these apples that are grown only in central Pennsylvania.

This is a Granny Smith that we got to pick from a farm in the Pine Grove area, near Centre Hall.

We didn't find many apples that we liked, but this one is one of the ones that we picked!

At the farm where we got the Granny Smiths, we got to pick 4 other apples! I've always heard that picking apples from a tree requires two people. I'm sure that in every orchard, this is true. A couple of my friends have complained that they have had a hard time picking an apple off of the tree. I found it pretty easy, and when I got to my friends house, I was able to pick the last 2 apples off of a few of the trees! I always find it a lot more enjoyable to pick apples with a friend. They're usually such a fun person to be with, and I enjoy the apple picking more when I know I'm going with people I know and enjoy being with.

Here is another Red Delicious that I picked. It wasn't as tasty as the Granny Smiths, but it was good! I'm glad that the orchardkeeper didn't want me to take the tree back with me. I'd rather take a crisp apple home, and pick the rest of the apples, than leave them to rot on the tree!

And here is another Red Delicious that I was able to pick, even though we weren't supposed to pick. It was really pretty, and I thought I'd share it.

Here is a really nice, really nice Honeycrisp that I was able to pick. I think it's the best Honeycrisp I've ever seen. It really was just a pretty, perfect apple!

I had several questions that my son asked me. The first one that he asked was "Why do I have a red face?". My son is 16 years old, and I'm just now beginning to realize what this man looks like in a facial expression. At first, I thought that he was just doing an impression of Patrick Stewart, but now I realize that he looks just like him!

He also asked me if I got "in trouble". Well, when he asked me this, I said "Well, I did get in trouble with the police". The truth is


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