We picked a lot of apples today. Alexis, who helps me with the Metuchen market, along with her two wonderful children Heidi and Andrew came out and helped. Amazingly there are still more to pick!
Picking the apples was fun. Our trees are wild. Completely untamed branches zigzag every which way. The tree tops reach at least 25 feet. And they are covered with glistening, red apples. Of course the most pristine ones are located in the uppermost branches. I am still devising a method of getting them down. We used a funny three legged ladder that I am sure is for working on trees. That got me pretty far up, but not quite far enough. Every so often I found myself stretching a little too far, pulling on the branch that held the just out of reach trophy apple. Alexis noted that it was much like the scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” when Indiana reached for the chalice, his hand slipping from his father’s tightened grip. His father looked down at his son, the deep chasm open beneath him, smiled and said “Let it go”. For the rest of the day, “let it go Indiana” repeated in my mind (in my best Sean Connery) upon the sight of every alluring apple that dangled just past my out stretched finger tips. Here is a link to the clip if you are interested. What a great movie. I remember being terrified during it as a child.
Eventually, being that I couldn’t manhandle the ladder close enough to the truck of the tree, I scrunched my body up into it, through the twigs and branches, canvas bag slung over my shoulder, to collect the evaders. Again, this reminded me of childhood, climbing barefoot in the palm of the apple tree in our yard. I have to say, being much larger is a disadvantage in the tight spaces of an un-pruned apple tree. Crocs do too. Not the best footwear for the job. Despite these challenges, it may have been one of my most favorite farm experiences of late. I cannot wait to pick more tomorrow!
Some more good apple news: I am finally sure that they are “ready”, despite the fact that I have been eating them all along their delicious progression. Although I still don’t know what kind they are, they taste delightfully sweet and have that juicy fizz that I find so enticing in an apple.
Our tomato harvest has slowed to a crawl. We will be bringing very limited quantities for as long as we can, but can’t promise it will be much longer. We are pretty disappointed, but somehow this is just the way of things.
Many of you have been asking about the ginger. It is coming, I promise. We are just giving it one more week to size up before we begin the harvest. Thanks for your patience!
Looking forward to seeing you all at market!!Fresh from the Field!
Apples: Seriously, APPLES!
Ground Cherries: Limited
Herbs: Parsley, Thyme
Peppers: Green Bells and friers, Shishitos!, and Hot peppers! Snack Peppers!
Potatoes: Classic and fingerling!
Tomatoes- Limited: Cherries, Slicers, and Heirlooms
Wintersquash: Acorn, Butternut, Delicata,and Pie Pumpkins