There are apple trees amidst the pines and hardwoods all along the South Road. Oldtimers will tell you that many of them grew wild after birds or deer left behind seeds of old apple trees. But on our farm there are some very old apple trees planted in rows. They are overgrown, many branches entangled and hard to reach. But for the past three years I have been harvesting the apples. There appear to be Macs, one that looks like a Granny Smith, some softer apples, and a few crabapple. I made jelly last year. But this year I have been making apple crisp or freezing them. I didn’t know you could freeze apples but this morning I found out how from a great website called Mennonite Girls Can Cook. They seem to know their stuff – check them out http://mennonitegirlscancook.blogspot.com.
As for the Apple Crumble, I used my favourite recipe from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. I’ll post it on the Recipes page. It is scrumptious – especially made with those apples which range from tart to super sweet.
As for getting the trees back to the condition they deserve to be in – that’ll be a longer road. Pruning apples trees is an art and a science that can only be done at certain times of the year. We’ll take our time. Lord knows they have been patient.