To many, the pumpkin may be the queen of fall, but this year apples rule.
Michigan has been blessed with apparent perfect conditions for apples this year and every tree you pass is dripping and drooping to the ground with beautiful apples.We already picked our dwarf trees, which bore great fruit for the first time in approx. 30 years!
We aren't the best at keeping them pruned and taken care of, and they are w-a-a-a-y out at the back of the yard so we seldom pay them much mind, but this year they bore beautiful fruit.
The apples below are from our neighbors trees. They have two enormous trees so heavy with fruit that they actually lost some major limbs. I asked if they were going to use the fruit and they said no, take all you want!
Just like ours, their trees were not sprayed with pesticides, but the conditions were so good this year, the apples were nearly untouched by bugs.
We will get bushels and bushels of organic apples from these trees. This basket of apples was picked just moments ago, see how perfect they are?
We already have 3 1/2 gallons of home made cider in the freezer and we plan to make a lot more and have a big cider and donut party in the next couple weeks if the weather holds.
There is apple butter cooking in the crockpot right now and I'm dreaming up an apple pie fund raiser for missions at our church. It seems such a shame to let such beautiful apples go to waste!
So now you know what I'll be working on for the next few weeks. Lol.
How is the harvest near you? Do you plan on canning or freezing anything this year?
Happy last day of September, it seemed like a very short month!