"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Gleaners

No, not these ones:

These ones:

It's apple season in Washington!

Now that we live in Washington, where fruit grows, we have the opportunity to take part in the abundance of produce that is farmed nearby. Brandon's parents are well connected to all the farmers and let us "in" on the little local secrets. One of which, is the gleaning. Many farmers let friends, family, and people who ask them glean the fruit that was unable to be harvested. Most of the apples are in perfect condition. Maybe some were too big/small/ripe/green/misshapen to be sold commercially, so they were left on the trees.

Now I know that there are some apple haters out there, but let me just tell you, there are very few taste experiences that compare with biting into a crisp, juicy, sweet and tangy apple that was just picked seconds before from a tree in a orchard. If you have never had the experience, I highly recommend it.

You would have thought it was Christmas morning for the level of excitement that my children maintained for the duration of the picking. They were running up and down the rows, climbing branches, looking for "masterpiece" apples, finding treasures, squealing with delight, and of course, tasting the apples.

And now we get to decide what to do with all the apples we picked. I'm not canning this year, but we are eating as many as possible, putting them in smoothies, baking pie, and making apple butter. I just love autumn...


Shatzi said...

Washington apples are amazing! Looks like tons of fun!!!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Hello girl!!