How Do You Like Them Apples?

They tell you that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. If true, we won’t be seeing a doctor for many years. This year has brought a very pleasant apple surprise. In one of our grazing fields at the rear of the farm property, we recently discovered that we had a lot more apple trees than we believed. We estimate that a good fifty apple trees have grown at the edge of one of our grazing fields. The cows that traditionally graze here seem to have avoided this field this year more than before. As a result, the apple trees have had ample time to flourish and bear a bumper crop. There appears to be a rather diverse variety of apples as well, including crabapples, cider apples, both large and tiny apples, russet apples, sour and sweet apples, and other varieties that we have not been able to identify as of yet. We will be heading back to gather more apples but in the meantime, here are some images of our newfound apples.

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These beautiful red apples were exceedingly sweet and tart.
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Another photo of the red apple trees that are growing about 20 or 30 feet high.
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This variety had the consistency of a Macintosh and have been great for baking.
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The edges of our grazing field covered with apples.
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The newfound apple trees seem to have had a bumper year with fewer cows grazing in the area. We hope to have a more concerted effort next year to harvest the apples more thoroughly and fence off trees that show the greatest potential in the future.

 

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