Monday, August 25, 2014

So long, Phil's Apples

One of my favorite U-picks is out of business and up for sale.

Phil's in 2008
For sale in 2014

I took this photo in front of the property last week.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Red Free (Redfree)

I'm here for a second bite at Red Free, a gorgeously colored early variety that is on the large side of medium-sized.

It's oblate and really with no ribbing save around the base, which has the usual bumps.

The glossy blush runs from streaky to a deep cherry red over a green-tinted yellow.

The tiny lenticels are almost invisible. Meanwhile the apple is firm in hand and has only a faint sweet aroma.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tydeman's Early Worcester

The woman who sold me these medium-sized apples warned me twice they would be tart.

Tydeman's Early is round and only slightly ribbed, with a crimson blush that ranges from dark and saturated to streaky.

Many light lenticels of varying size make the surface of this apple a busy place.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pick no apple before its time

Apples on the tree, where they belong, at Hutchins Farm yesterday.
To everything there is a season, and today's post is dedicated to farmers who know when that is.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lodi vs. Yellow Transparent smackdown

Lodi (L) and Yellow Transparent. These early varieties are sometimes confused.
I have been trying to get these guys together for years. They are related.

Although both are among the earliest varieties of the summer, their respective seasons are so short, and their shelf lives so brief, that they rarely overlap.

Let's see who is the better apple.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Before the apples are ripe

Apples are ripening "beyond this point" today at Hutchins Farm in Concord, Mass.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Gala–Braeburn family

Despite the return of local apples last week, July was a month when I ate a lot of imports from the southern hemisphere.

As it turns out, many of the apples that drew me last month—16 of them—were offspring of Gala and Braeburn, two New Zealand varieties that have become supermarket staples here in the States.
(Yes, I am keeping track this year.)

Maybe you've been making similar choices. Here are mine.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Apples of July and August

What early apples do you like? I've collected 15 interesting early-summer apples on this (clickable) board:

Follow Adam's Apples's board Apples of July and August on Pinterest.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fracking pipeline threatens Massachusetts apple orchard

Clarkdale Farm is in the pipeline's path.
A proposed pipeline to bring natural gas from Pennsylvania to eastern Massachusetts would cut through a 100-year-old orchard in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

The controversial plan would bring gas extracted by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, from Pennsylvania and possibly New York, to feed the region's growing appetite for natural gas.

Critics say the multi-billion-dollar pipeline project, to be paid for by electric rates, is much bigger than needed.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Seasons' greetings!

Red Vista Bella and green Lodi from yesterday's market.
The first local apples of the harvest are cause for celebration.