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APPLE POEM bas 2015INSPIRED BY NATURE… Nine years ago we planted five apple trees (Granny Smith, Greening, Red Rome, Cortland and Macoun) in crescent between the house and the barn here at The Farmstead. Today we harvested five bushels. No need to go to the orchard or to the market for apples this year. Wishing you a bountiful and beautiful fall! ~ Bette A. Stevens

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Comments on: "Time to get the apples in (poetry) by Bette A Stevens" (14)

  1. Oooooh, I love apples! Enjoy! Hugs, N ❤

  2. How wonderful!

  3. You sure got a great return on that investment!

  4. Congratulations, Bette! isn’t it great to have your own apple trees?
    We have two huge old Wolf River apple trees and every other year, they bear thousands. Totally organic and one year some were kept in the fridge crisper till April. Do you have a cold room? Where do you store yours?

    • Hi, Cynthia. We do have a cold room (the addition between house and garage), but some of the beauties are already getting a bit punky… Baking up and freezing in batches so I can pull out a quart at a time. We don’t have Wolf River, but sounds like they really are ‘keepers’. This is the first year we’ve had our own apples by the bushels and it’s wonderful! Have a great day! 🙂

  5. What a marvelous harvest, Bette. I can taste the apples! Hoping for a photo of a beautiful dessert in the future. 😉 Hugs.

  6. Make some home made apple butter too. Love that!

  7. WOW – 5 trees, 9 years, 5 bushels. I know little about numerology, but I’ll bet there is something in the numerical symmetry – or at least a lesson in patience. How wonderful to have the space to grow your own.

    Are you making applesauce, freezing pies and canning like a mad thing – or trying to find homes for them, like I always read happens when the zucchini turns from blossom to fruit?

    Do all your friends have more apples than they can handle, or are you able to trade for other wonderful bounty from their gardens?

    I live in an apartment, technically in the city – where the farmers’ market is the closest I come to home grown anything. Lovely to read of your abundance.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
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    • Hi, Madelyn! So far we’ve peeled cored, sliced and diced more than 25 quarts for the freezer. Mixed with sugar & spice and par-baked in microwave, we can pull out a package or two to make just about any apple creation at will. We’re still picking and are delighted have loads to deliver to family, neighbors, local library, church and friends. Plus we’ should have a couple of buckets to store in the well-house for fresh eating. Feeling blessed… Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. HUGS! xo

      • Amazing! Clever way to store. Still lot of work, but less than canning and well worth it, I’m sure.

        How dear of you to share your bounty. I wish I were one of your neighbors. 🙂 Apples are so good – and so good FOR us.

        Putting them on my grocery list NOW so I don’t forget to pick up a big bag or two while prices are good. I want to give your microwave/freezer method a go. Thanks for sharing it.

        I use a 2 qt Rubbermaid microwave safe pitcher:
        Fill pitcher 3/4 full with sliced/diced apples
        Add Brown Sugar to taste (I use about 2 TBL)
        Add Cinnamon & Nutmeg if desired
        Add 1/4 C Lemon Juice

        STIR and Microwave on high for 4 min; STIR again and check for doneness and Microwave again for 2 min.
        COOL to Room Temp; Scoop into Quart Freezer Bags and enjoy all year long.


  8. What a wonderful harvest Bette. My apple trees took a little rest this year after a great harvest last year. Less apple pies!

    • Our pears and plums are taking a ‘rest’ this year too… Still have plenty of apples to share and enjoy and our raspberries were bountiful too. ❤ Blessings! xo

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