Ripe for the Pickin’

One of the many benefits from being long-term tenants on the Florer farm has been the copious supply of fresh produce available at our fingertips. A quick walk around the yard and one quickly discovers everything from rhubarb, cucumbers, and sweet corn (obviously), to even tomatoes and zucchini (of which I could do without :-?). The abundance of food growing right outside our doorstep has left us spoiled {no pun intended}.

While the sweet corn has come and gone (into the freezer for the season which shall not be named) and the rhubarb stalks have run rampant, we’ve anxiously been awaiting the arrival of this years’ crop of succulent apples and juicy pears, of which I’m happy to report has finally arrived. Even though the orchard is less than half the size of its former glory, the remaining hold-steadies still manage to produce a satisfying harvest each fall {Missy has endearingly referred to them as “old grandma trees” simply refusing to give up the ghost}.

With the {mostly} beautiful conditions beckoning us outdoors over the long weekend, what better thing to do than gather our first batch of the season?

The babies sure enjoyed picking apples…

…and eating them, too!

That is, until their attention was diverted elsewhere.

Off and Running! See 'em?

Even “Auntie B” came over to get in on the act!

Reach for it!

Into the Basket...

Success!

While our haul wasn’t quite bountiful (or ripe) enough for applesauce, we had still gathered enough to make a tasty apple crisp, which of course was delectable. Maybe by next weekend you will find us up to our elbows in mason jars and apple peelers, canning pears and making applesauce for the weeks and months ahead.

So very “Little House on the Prairie” of us 😉

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

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