Apple Picking and Farm Market Checkout Line

Honey Crisp Apple season and the orchard was open for picking. You could get a big bag or a small. We got one of each

Laura drove us out to Lynd Farm in Pataskala Ohio. Charlie got to pick his first apple. It didn’t take long to fill our bags. The first checkout you are in your car and you pop your trunk so they can check to make sure you’re not loading up on Apples without paying.

At the market we bought little pumpkins, apple butter and some yellow cherry tomatoes and zucchini plus a bag of “seconds” – Macintosh- to make applesauce.

And there were long checkout lines so we waited – there’s our challenge word again Waiting

6176739808_IMG_01726176739808_IMG_0229Maura took this one.  Looks like a mountain instead of a cloud

And a Photo credit to Anna for the pic of Lala looking over her shoulder

Looked Like Art to Me

Steve received a gift box of apples from a former colleague.  When he opened the box and placed it on the kitchen table, it looked like art to me. Found art?

Idared, Empire, Golden Delcious, and Winesap.  An orchard from New York.

(my knitted scarf at the bottom, I’d just come home late from school due to my photographing the Winter Concert.)

apples

Before They Get to the Store

Huge nets to keep HoneyCrisp safe from birds who like to peck the sweet flesh.  Rolls and rolls of Mylar to help the organic Gala apples turn red all over. Planting. Elaborate irrigation. Grafting. Fertilization. Some sprayed with calcium. Insecticide. The organic ones sprayed with fish oil.  Thinning- to space the apples out so they get a certain size.  After the harvest,they go to the packing sheds. They are sorted. Machines with light sensors separate them by color for different grades.  The apples need to be put into trays. packed following International Rules for Sanitation. Boxed Cold storage. Shipped to the store. We buy them . Eat them. 3 images of apples.

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