When you think autumn, do you think apples? I do, and am heading to the orchard today. More soon but, in the meantime, here’s what I had to say last autumn!
It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man. —Henry David Thoreau
Apples are synonymous with autumn in upstate New York. This is a place where farmers name their kids after apples—I swear I know a Cortland and a Macintosh but, though we joked about it, we never knew a girl named Delicious.
My great-uncle and aunt owned an orchard so I have apples in my genetic structure. They had just one of dozens of commercial orchards in the area that offer many varieties of apples, some you’ve never heard of, as well as hard and soft cider, apple cider donuts, apple pies, apple picking and all other manner of fall fun. (Let’s be clear, my people never made hard cider, though their descendant likes to drink it!)
Did you know that apples can’t be reliably grown from seed? You might…
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