Tag Archives: apples

Writing in Summer Rain

Thunderstorms have been rolling over all day bringing needed rain and a chance to get caught up indoors. I’m less freaked out about the amount of food processing ahead. There have been more cucumbers than normal and I canned the … Continue reading

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Making Applesauce

I asked our chief apple officer the following question: “If I wanted to win a blue ribbon for making applesauce at the state fair which apples, available now, would I use?” His answer was straightforward. “Use Viking because it’s one … Continue reading

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Apple Harvest is Under Way

I bought State Fair, William’s Pride, Pristine and Duchess of Oldenberg apples at the orchard and brought them home. All but one have been eaten. The goal was to taste them and determine which apples to buy for out of … Continue reading

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After the Season

This year a group of Ukrainians with temporary work visas joined us at the orchard. They were hard-working and fun to be around. Their contracted wage far exceeds the $185 per month they can earn in Ukraine from their trained … Continue reading

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Armistice Day at Home

Most of Armistice Day was at home. The forecast had been rain, however, a clear fall day unfolded and I planted garlic. Pushing cloves into the ground with my thumb and index finger, I made two rows and covered them … Continue reading

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Apple Weekend

Best news of the week arrived Friday afternoon via email. The Cedar Rapids Gazette decided to publish my opinion piece on the local food system at risk. A writer lives for exposure to an audience and my readership will get … Continue reading

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Fall Retreat

Midst falling leaves, grasses turned brown, and apples dropping to the ground, I mowed for the first time in over a month. It may be the last cut before winter. Monday I visited the vegetable farms where I work each … Continue reading

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