Tuesday, October 11, 2011

For Cider, For Hogs

{Apple Season on the Farm}










It's apple season! We spent the weekend down on the farm enjoying the ridiculously marvelous weather whilst stuffing ourselves with the autumn jewels of the orchard: Jersey Black apples. Our apples are 100% organic, which is a fancy way of saying we don't do a damn thing to our crop cept prune the trees in winter and hope for the best come fall. It's organic by default of laziness, really. And although they look pretty gnarly off the tree, a light scrub in the sink with an abrasive sponge and all the superficial spots come right off and our apples look just as rosy and smooth-skinned as the ones from the commercial orchard down the road. Not that it matters- it's the flavor we're after here, people, and our apples this year are pretty damn delicious: marvelously sweet, just tart enough, and incredibly crisp (they make that mouth-watering POP! when you bite into them).

Quick history lesson: Jersey Blacks are a historic variety favored by early German settlers in this area for, first and foremost, hard cider, and second, pie-baking/eating/fattening up hogs. Now that's an apple I can get behind. We don't have any hogs, but we're pretty sure that porcine Mac did eat his weight in apples throughout the course of the weekend. Such a sneaky little truffle-snuffling weasel-pig, that Biscuit-dog. Hope you had a relaxing weekend. I may have this favorite French apple tart in my near future. 

30 comments:

  1. wonderful photos! Love your dogs!

    xo, Anna of (green gable)

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  2. Most perfect apple bite, love the freckles on the them too. ahhhhhh, autumn.

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  3. Looks like a perfect sunny crisp fall weekend :) I can already taste the apple pies.

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  4. APPLE EATING DOGS!!!

    I just won't bother eating apples unless they're really good ones. Sadly, good apples are hard to find. Envious of your beauties.

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  5. Anna- thanks!

    Liz- those, erm, "freckles" aren't to everyone's liking, but I don't mind them at all. Plus they come right off with a good scrub.

    Erika- yes yes, apple pies. And apple tarts, and apple snause.

    Rachel- discerning apple-eater, you are. I know, SoCal apples are pretty meh. But you have Santa Maria PLUMS. And PERSIMMONS. And kadota FIGS.

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  6. I have to try a Jersey Black apple and soon!

    xo
    cortnie

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  7. I can't tell whether your hair or Mac is cuter. Maybe a tie.

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  8. Hahahahaha- You HAVE to love a dog that eats fruit. What a cutie!
    P.S. Can we talk about that amazing turquoise ring!? :)

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  9. HI MAC, EVERETT, DOLLY, NELLIE, ASH, BILLY & APPLES!!!!

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  10. EVERETT! ASH! BILLY! I know them. I love this. Especially the apples and your very pretty friends.

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  11. we sent some friends off to joshua tree yesterday and i had them look at your posts before hand.

    all of us on the "left coast" would be entirely happy to have you back with us but you look like you're having too much fun! our arkansas blacks should be ready any minute now!

    xo

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  12. my garden is organic by default as well. It's the one area that laziness pays off. :]

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  13. I don't know if I've ever said this, but I love your blog. I've been following you for at least a year, and I love watching your adventures and travels. It's also really cool to see your following grow along with you. Thanks for giving us all a glimpse into your beautiful view.

    - Lauren (aka, www.theurbanhippie.wordpress.com)

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  14. Having your very own apple trees is pretty special. I like your apple tart idea.

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  15. Looks like a great day! I'm loving the color of those apples. We'll be heading up to Oak Glen for a similar adventure on Sunday, can't wait! :)

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  16. Hah! I call my dog a truffle-snuffling pig too! Especially when he's after the mushrooms growing in the yard after a wet spell.

    Lovely fall post. :)

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  17. I went apple picking yesterday and had a blast. I was thinking of making that same tart!

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  18. Idyllic! I agree, it's apple tart season.

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  19. love apple picking...that third photo reminds me of a scene from "bright star." beautiful, lily!

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  20. scruuuuumptious! your organic apples kind of sound like my default vegetarianism. buying and cooking meat is way too much effort.

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  21. Lil, your lil corgie cracks me up! especially in that last pic. Love it :)

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  22. try once a tarte tatin, french specialty. i do it with my garden apples and it's soooo good.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarte_Tatin
    http://www.meilleurduchef.com/cgi/mdc/l/fr/recettes/tarte_tatin_ill.html

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  23. While loving every minute of India, thinking about autumn apple picking has me missing America and my mouth watering. Beautiful pictures as always!

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  24. GAH, all my replies just got deleted, but thank you all for especially lovely, thoughtful, amusing comments. To answer a few questions:

    Mouse- that's actually my friend Ash with the adorable platinum cut! Who also happens to be blogger Naurnie's neighbor in Durham! She's the one that keeps bees that I blog about sometimes.

    Jen- that ring is from my FAVORITE jewelry store in the country- Benjies in Bozeman, MT (there's a sister store in Ennis, too, but their jewelry selection isn't quite as good). The owner buys tribal silverwork directly from tribal jewelers (no middleman dealers) and sells it wholesale in her crazy store (lots of kitschy wolf sweatshirts and wildlife crossing signs). Def worth a stop on a road trip; the quality and selection is incredible, and the prices are unbeatable for such heirloom pieces. Amazing place!

    Filoderba- thanks for the recipe- will TOTALLY try this!

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  25. Making hard cider with ground apples this weekend! Loved this post Lily! BISOUS!

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  26. That cute puppy is killing me with this apple! Lets see, of course you are doing something so fun and I am apple black with envy, and your ring is super duper bad ass...

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  27. Hi Sweetie,

    Your blog remains a visual and verbal delight. Nice catching up with you and P. (and the fur babies.)
    Save me one of those apples, wouldja?
    xo

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  28. Charlie, our wiener dog, also enjoys his weight in apples around here. Happy picking and pie-making!

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