Sunday, September 12, 2010

We headed south to Penrose, Colorado to pick some apples from an orchard.  There were several different types of apples (Gala, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Macintosh) for us to choose.  I didn't even know there were so many types of apples.  When I was a kid, someone would ask you "Do you want an apple?"  They never mentioned varieties.  This was an organic farm so they didn't believe in pesticides and that explains why it took us quite a while to pick 10 lbs of good fruit.  Another strange thing was that people were eating apples right off the tree without washing them.  The farm was very dusty since it hasn't rained here in a couple weeks.  After we filled our two bags we moved to the pumpkin patch where the farm hands had conveniently laid out the large squashes where we could carefully examine them.  We selected two and walked back to the sales barn with our arms full.  After taking our produce back to the car for safe keeping, we took a short ride on the hay wagon.  The eyes of all the children sitting on the worn bales were wide with bewilderment.  The farm was about 30 miles from home and made for a quick getaway into quiet Fremont County.  When was the last time you bought food without a middleman?


  1. You all must have really enjoyed picking apples.In all of my 74 years I have never gone apple picking.The apples in the picture hanging on the tree is so pretty.

  2. now each time i go to louisiana i buy fruit from this house in abbeville with a bunch of fruit trees in the yard. figs, blackberries.