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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Good eating

The idea when I started this blog 6 years ago today was to blog about apples "to use the web to view the world."

Since then I've learned a lot about apples but also about blogging, technology, still photography, and writing for the web.

These "but also" things have always been very much a part of the project for me, though I've never made much ado about that side of things on this blog.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bearing fruit

The bough bows low earlier today at Nagog Hill Farm in Littleton, Massachusetts.

Monday, July 14, 2014

We can't help ourselves

Sometime in the next few weeks, a local grower will harvest the first apples of the season before they are ripe and bring them to farmers market.

These apples will be spongy and piney and sour. Because I have the self control of small kid in a big candy store, I will buy some anyway. I can't not.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Six months of apples

I ate 169 apples in the first half of 2014, according to the daily record that I began on New Years Day.

From my daily log of apple consumption. Hover over pie slices for details.
There were 29 varieties in that time, if you count "unknown" as only 1.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Drink your fruit: Fatty Bampkins Dry cider

The gang of hard-cider bloggers is having so much fun I had to write at least one cider review of my own.

Besides, I do get thirsty.

Bampkins pours pale straw from a 22-ounce bottle. In some light the cider in the glass has silvery green highlights. There are aromas of apples, cheese, and apple vinegar.

This cider is very dry and mildly astringent, fruity-sour with just a little funk. Carbonation adds punch, but the absence of sugar makes this a subtle drink.

These flavors are clear and refreshing, with a clean finish mixed with the tiniest bit of beer sour. We enjoyed ours with a chicken dinner.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Little darling

It seems like years since it's been here.
Apples growing in the sun yesterday at Hutchins Farm in Concord, Mass.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


This large and ribbed variety has deep red streaks inside a crimson blush that nearly covers a yellow base. In places the blush is spread thinly enough over the yellow that the result is more orange than red.

Tiny light lenticels are not very prominent but provide some contrast, and the calyx (which is closed) is rimmed with a base of 5 prominent "chins." Smitten is generally round, but most are a bit elongated. In some ways the shape suggests that of a hefty Red Delicious.

The fruit is firm in hand and smells sweetly and mildly of cider with a little spice.