Roadside foraging- Apples.

Apples- now this is something that is abundant in Maine. They are literally EVERYWHERE this season.  And while we love going to orchards and grabbing a peck or two, how we get the bulk of our apples is pretty simple. 

We ride up and down old county roads. We find a tree that has apples down around the bottom, because that means they are ripening. We stop at that tree, and Mr. Gillis gets an apple. And then we taste test it. 

If it’s good, we take a bag full and mark its location on our gps. If it’s not, we chuck the apple and get back on the road.   

Mr. Gillis on the back of the truck with our homemade fruit picker
  
He picks and I try it out. I have a more discerning palate as far as ripeness goes.
  
Big, small, red, yellow, crab… we’ll stop and try anything
    
 

 This usually turns into an all day adventure, so we treated ourselves with our favorite takeout- which we were lucky to catch open, as they were closing that day. 

Our favorite takeout, located in Linneus
  
I got the fried clam tenderloins and Mr. Gillis got a sub.
    
A little nature photography

We found some interesting places, some looked like they might even be old apple orchards.   

Apples are everywhere right now.
  
Going places we probably shouldn’t go..
  
This season has been one of the best in recent memory.
  

 Now, we do also buy apples from local orchards, because we really believe in supporting local businesses. And in the interest of full disclosure, we buy apples from the grocery store, there’s nothing wrong with Fuji, or Braeburn or golden delicious. There is a lot wrong with the Macintosh, tho. But the majority of our apples come from this type of hunting and gathering. And a very nice lady named Carrie that gave us a whole bucket of beautiful red crab apples for jelly. 

If you want to read some really good stuff on apples and the lost heritage of the American orchard, check out John Bunker the Maine Apple guy. 

We still have some picking to do but I’ve already made and frozen apple sauce. Which is actually the topic of my next blog…. 

So until that time, have a wicked good evening. 

Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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