Tag Archives: apples

7 Things About 2016

It’s Christmas Eve in Big Grove, the ambient temperature is about freezing, and we’re ready to bunker in, finish decorating our Christmas tree and prepare a traditional supper of chili and cornbread. My Christmas wish is for peace on earth. … Continue reading

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Bob Darby’s Seedling

On the last shift of the season I walked in the test orchard picking apples. 20 minutes of bliss. Beginning with a tree the orchard’s namesake planted in the 1980s, I picked a few there then added Connell Red, Regent … Continue reading

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Pressing the Limits

For the first time in a long time I missed work on Wednesday. After a futile attempt to shave, shower and drive into the home, farm and auto supply store, I called off and slept until 2 p.m. — a … Continue reading

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Couple Hours to Myself

Hope regular readers are well tolerating my posts from Blog for Iowa. They are different from what I normally write here, but then none of us is one-dimensional — I hope. I got off work at the orchard a couple … Continue reading

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At the Apple Farm

Between working opening day at the orchard and the kickoff of a friend’s political campaign I had two hours. Day six of a hundred straight work days was about as good as it gets: a reunion with friends from last … Continue reading

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100 Days of Work

Today begins 100 straight days of work. Monday through Friday I’ll be at the home, farm and auto supply store, Saturday and Sunday at the orchard, and in between there is writing, gardening, cooking, home maintenance, yard work and living. … Continue reading

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Harvest Days

Each day for the last two weeks I picked an apple and tasted it. The crop of Red Delicious is abundant and I want to make sure when the majority is harvested they are at the peak of sweet crispness. … Continue reading

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