|Some of our "tribe" posing in our community garden plot.|
|Tommy (one of 4 brothers who run the farm) and I with our gift.|
Not only did we purchase their honey crisp apple seconds (which they otherwise don't sell) for a very good price, but they offered their beautiful bosc pear seconds too. We bought 4 boxes and they threw in an additional box of smaller pears that are more work to process. We came home with 16 20-pound boxes to be divided among 5 or 6 women.
The work of dividing, sharing and processing began. Below is my car filled with fruit and my friend's dehydrator which I was borrowing for a couple days. The paper bags contain garlic heads that we bought in bulk. I'll deliver them before the first frost so we can plant them in our gardens. Behind that are some bales of salt hay for my fall garden prep.
|Filling the dehydrator with thinly sliced apples.|
|After 5-6 hours, the apples and dried and shrunken.|
Now don't think that during the downtime I was just relaxing. Certainly not! The apples were waiting. While hanging out in the warm, fragrant kitchen, I got another batch of apple butter into the crock pot. You can read about that process here. And I baked a couple of French Apple Cakes from a great recipe on David Lebovitz's blog.
|Both the dehydrator and crock fit on this out-of-the-way table.|
|Beautiful dried apples and their source.|
|Two French Apple Cakes. One went with me to a pot luck, the other stayed home.|