Tuesday, October 28, 2008
One of Our Favorite Things: Apple Picking in Autumn
It's an annual tradition for us to go apple picking in mid-October, and this year was no exception.
We're particularly fond of our friends at Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon, WI. While not an organic orchard, Barthel's practices integrated pest management (IPM), a growing technique that minimizes the impact on the environment by cutting pesticide use by 50-70%. More information on IPM.
On this particular day, they were picking Golden Delicious, Courtlands, and Ida Reds. We went for the Ida Reds -- which are great apples for storage. And they're good for both baking and eating out of hand.
First, we surveyed the rows and rows of apples.
The day was positively gorgeous -- mostly sunny with temperatures in the 60's. And the apples were ripe for the picking.Most were just within reach.
And some were still covered in the morning's dew.
Before we knew it, our bag was filling up.
Here's Peef bringing back a load from one of the trees.
Ultimately, we picked about a 1/2 bushel of apples, which could get us easily into January.
And, of course, everyone loves a happy ending!
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