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Picking Wild Apples

By: Everett S

Earlier this week Audrey and I went stomping up and down the creek picking wild grapes to make grape-juice (just put them in a mason jar with 3/4 cup of sugar, pour boiling water over them and let the lid self-seal. Good for several weeks without refrigeration).

Deer ApplesIt was fun to climb around on the trees, and it made me extremely grateful that my knee is feeling better after a bout with lymes (Hooray for antibiotics!). We wanted to do it again, but the creek depth gets over Waylon’s shoulders in some spots so we opted for some wild apple picking instead.

Around here people often call these “deer apples” because they are a mainstay in the deers’ diet. Most of the trees have beds of flattened grass below them where the deer have slept in the shade and munched the deliciously tart and flavorful apples.

Deer stand pretty tall on their hind legs so the best apples are to be had over about seven feet high, making a pole-style apple harvester a necessity. My neighbor puts a little piece of foam in the bottom of the collector to keep the apples from bruising, which would reduce shelf life. These particular apples wouldn’t last long stored in a root cellar type situation so bruising isn’t as much of an issue. I still like the foam pad idea though! You can buy one on an extendable pole for about $25 – $30, or just get the basket part for bout $6 and attach it onto an old broom or mop handle if you don’t need as much reach.

Audrey Picking Apples

The fruit harvester pole extends up to about 20 feet, well above the deer line.

We like to eat these apples whole, but they aren’t for everyone. They are very tart and flavorful, which make them perfect for the way we like our apple sauce and apple pie. I might try making cider this year if I find the time…

Home Made Apple Pie

Audrey used  the apples to bake some yummy apple pie and apple sauce.

Waylon and Daddy

Making memories…

Picking apples with Audrey and Waylon was one of my favorite moments this year. As late summer makes way for fall I look forward to slowing down the pace and enjoying more days like these. Speaking of late summer memories, there are always a few squash giants hiding under the umbrella-like leaves or among the tall weeds this time of year…

Waylon holding enourmous zucchini

Here’s one zuch that got lost in the foliage for awhile. Waylon could use it as a baseball bat.

Category: Family, Food, Simple Thoughts, The Transplants

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  1. Ted says:

    Great post, I just did something similar while out for a run the other day. Delicious.

  2. […] is usually when I can find that time and it warms the house. The same method worked well with the apples we harvested at the end of summer, quartering and freezing them until I made applesauce a few weeks […]

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