Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Picking Apples

Friday we headed to Green Bluff with the Divine Mrs. M to pick some apples from her favorite apple orchard, Yaryan's.  She's been going to this place for years and it was easy to see why.  These people baby their apples...truly.  They don't let customer pick the Honeycrisp apples because they say the plants are too fragile and they can't take the chance.  We had a terrific selection of McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Swiss Gourmet, Gala, and Golden Delicious (I know there were more, but that is all I can remember off the top of my head.)  My family likes a sweet/tart apple (not so tart as a Granny Smith, but definitely not sweet like a Red Delicious), so I bought us Honeycrisp and $0.89/lb and $0.69/lb respectively!!!

It was crisp, but gorgeous.

Look at all those bins of apples.

Buttercup picked out the best for us.  (Valiant stood back and declared he doesn't like apples...who knew?)

The Divine Mrs. M got boxes of apples and while I was helping her pick and choose, I discovered this monster Honeycrisp.

It was huge!  Look at the weighed one pound all by itself!  Crazy...look at the container of Clorox Wipes or the pencil box to the left for visual scale.  That apple was HUGE.  (Mr. Yaryan was talking about how small his apples were this year!!)

...and no, I didn't bring it home.  I had already picked my went home with Mrs. M.

Apple pie, apple crisp, apple turnovers...they're all in our immediate future.  Yippee!


Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

You got a deal on the price of those apples. In the store they are much more expensive.

Anonymous said...

Yum - love me some honeycrisp.

craig said...

Yaryan's is our favorite.

Anonymous said...

What lovely apples! Lucky you!

It is no wonder they are particular about how their apples are picked, I heard that you need to be careful not to break the spur, which is attached to the branch of the tree, when picking apples, because that spur is what produces the apples for the next year. A spur can produces apples for about 20 years, and it can take five years for the tree to grow a new spur.

To pick an apple, you roll the apple up towards the branch, with a little twist and a quick flip of the wrist, removing the apple with only its stem, and no leaves.

To tell you the truth, all this makes me a little nervous about apple picking ☺.