Apples!! Guys.. it’s apple season. I remember as a kid visiting the apple cidery in See Canyon south of San Luis Obispo, CA. Specifically, I remember how cold the apple press room was. Pretty much every summer from that first school field trip till I moved away from the Central Coast my dad and I would frequent the various orchards searching and hoping for the tartest green apples. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’m kind of a nut about pick your own (PYO) farms. Last summer was the first time since college that I went apple picking… not surprisingly I went a teensy lot overboard (apple sauce, apple pie filling, port apple cranberry sauce, apple pie turnovers, apple chutney). Knowing that I had pretty damn big shoes to fill after last year, and because I was milking the last bit of tomato season, I was pretty OK with holding off on apples as long as I could this year… 2 weeks.
On our way back from Common Ground Country Farm two weekends ago for some reason (probably because a friend posted photos of PYO apple pies) I got the bug to do some picking. Terison Apple Orchard located in Cumberland, ME was a little (OK a lot) out of the way, but I figured why not… “we can pick a bushel of apples in 30 minutes right?”. When we arrived there wasn’t really any sort of official farm stand just two guys on the other side of the road loading up an old pickup truck. Had I not asked if we were in the right place we would have missed it. $15 for a half bushel (I’m really glad we didn’t go with the full bushel), and we were the only two people in the orchard. With an overwhelming selection of Cortland and Macintosh apples I was excited to say the least. You present me with a scenic spot and I end up doing ridiculous yoga inversions… you give Keith more than one round thing and he will start juggling. I found this old Apple Machine last weekend at an antique mart in Newburyport, MS. I knew that not only did it interest me in a creepy way, but also that it would make my apple canning season a whole LOT easier… SOLD!