Category Apples

The Bee Tree

I knew 2017 would be a good apple year–the trees had only spit out a few lonely blossoms in 2016–but I hadn’t realized HOW good it would be. The tree closest to the house was especially spectacular. It wasn’t just laden with blossoms: It was humming with bees as well. My hives are sadly empty; […]

Planting

According to Lucy Larcom, “He who plants a tree, plants a hope.” Well, my menfolk have just planted THREE hopes: two Honeycrisp apple trees and a weeping willow, to be precise. And they’ve planted this hope in me: that Sage will have many years and many fond memories of eating homegrown apples, and that the […]

Good Neighbors and Cozy Bees

As I took advantage of a rare sunny day to haul a bag full of sawdust from my Amish neighbor Jacob’s sawmill–a prize destined to become chicken bedding and then ultimately reincarnated as compost–I reflected on how fortunate I am to have such good neighbors. When my husband and I moved into our house almost […]

A Farewell to Apples

Thanks to a combination of favorable weather and eager bees, we had an outstanding apple year this year. All five trees on our property produced well, but none was as eerily generous as the one I’ve come to think of as the Giving Tree. Its branches drooped in curtains of fruit, and no amount of […]

A New and Exciting Way to Sweep Your Apples

Sage has embarked upon a new career (or at least a brief stint) as an inventor, and he wanted to show his adoring fans his new invention: an apple sweeper. Since our massive and overgrown apple trees had a bumper crop this year, resulting in a lot of bruised and/or worm eaten apples on the […]