Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Climax and contraction

A woman shopping among bins of apples
The last of the year.
As the harvest and the market and the season swell with unbearably sweet ripe fecundity,

At that very moment of climactic eucatastrophe, when the labor and the fullness and the promise of the year are redeemed: cruel ice of winter, mud and blossom of spring, the heat and toil of summer, and all,

That is when the feast is undermined, the seeds of contraction have taken root.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Pot o gold

Rainbow in background, Arlington Farmers Market in foreground church steeple at left
A rainbow touches down over a fall farmers market in Arlington, Massachusetts, earlier today.
What's at the end of that rainbow?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Criterion **

Conical yellow apple with partial orange blush

This foundling apple can be large, but the ones I bought are medium sized.

They are classically conical and tapered with pronounced ribbing, a pretty light yellow with an attenuated red-orange blush. The peel is smooth and glossy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Views from the market

Many different kinds of apples each in their own wooden bin set up under a blustery sky. Shoppers bow their heads into the wind.

Above: It was so windy at Arlington's Farmers Market earlier today that this vendor did not even try to set up their usual awning.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

King David Watercored

An apple with several bites taken out. The light yellow flesh has glassy yellow streaks in it.

Yes, it's the King David apple. With a mild case of watercore.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The lot of the pick

Heritage and other apples in wooden bins with little hand-written signs
Just a small sample of what was for sale last weekend at Shelburne Farm in Stow, Massachusetts.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Vote with your mouth

4 platters with cut pieces of apples. There are only 2 pieces of Cox's left.
Apple tasting featuring (left to right) Crimson Crisp, Cox's Orange Pippin, Ashmead's Kernel, and Macoun.
I organized an apple tasting for my colleagues where I work today, and got a visual demonstration of their collective taste in apples.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Sweet 16 revisited

Large, ribbed, red-blushed apple with a blemish spot near the crown on one side.

Yes, there was a flaw in this apple.

I bought it anyway because so what, and also because it was the only one left.

I've been wanting to retaste Sweet 16 ever since some of my readers told me that my 2011 tasting sample did not express this apple's true flavors. So:

Friday, October 5, 2018

Westfield Seek-No-Further returns

Handsome apple with pinkish blush

Seek no further!

This large and essentially spherical apple (though slightly oblate) has a very pretty layered blush that is in some places a warm pink. In others there is a kind of Indian red, with brown tones.

(A second sample is a little conical and has a more classical shape.)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

25 and counting

Comment voulez-vous gouverner un pays ou il exist deux cent quarante-six variétés de fromage? How can you govern a country that has two hundred and forty-six kinds of cheese?

We may not be in DeGaulle territory yet, but I was delighted to count 25 varieties of apples at my local farmers market today.