COMING ON APPLES

Winesap Apples Just Beginning to Blush

Winesap Apples Just Beginning to Blush

The apple trees are standing full of fruit as a prelude to autumn. Every other year it is what we call a heavy season. The fruit isn’t very large but the crop is plentiful, bending the branches into graceful arches and creating shady canopies for the garden swing and hammock.

Is it Granny Smith? Yellow Delicious? We don't know. But they are great for eating and cooking.

Is it Granny Smith? Yellow Delicious? We don’t know. But they are great for eating and cooking.

When fully ripe they have a blush around the stem...can't be Granny Smith which are all apple green.  HMMMMMMM

When fully ripe they have a blush around the stem…can’t be Granny Smith which are all apple green. HMMMMMMM

I pick these when still slightly green for pies and apple sauce. I like the tart taste. Out in the chapel garden are more heavily-burdened trees. I believe we have Rome and Yellow Delicious in the grove, another small Winesap, and another tree I have not identified. My husband’s special Red Delicious tree is a dwarf that is planted picturesquely near the pond. It is a picture with its arched and laden branches weeping toward the water, reflecting the red fruit.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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