apple attraction


Today we went to an apple orchard for their annual apple tasting, during which they set out samples of several dozen of the varieties of apples they grow there. It’s a rather understated event, but it gives a rare chance to really try a large number of kinds of apples and learn a bit about them. We enjoyed it last year, and even dragged along a friend this time.

Apples were set out for samples along side a crate of that type of apple, most of which were also available for purchase. (There were a few varieties not for sale, as they were rare varieties–a couple even from the only tree of their kind on the orchard.) Each crate was adorned with a card with a bit of history and description of the apple, including lineage and gossip. This one had a description that particularly amused my friend, especially the bit at the end:
“While not a terribly attractive apple, its taste warrants its inclusion in any apple collection.”

On the other hand, I thought these apples were quite attractive. (I just don’t remember right off hand which they were. They might have been Rome Beauty.)

Phoebe and Theo spent some time impersonating bags of apples for sale. Attractive as they were, they proved tricky to photograph in the low light. (They were constantly in motion.) In the end, I didn’t end up with any one great photo, but the sequence rather amuses me.

3 responses to “apple attraction

  1. It’s a very entertaining series of photos of the kids! And the apple-tasting event sounds great, despite what I assume was quite cold weather judging by how bundled up the kids are.
    Those “Westfield Seek No Further” apples didn’t look so bad, other than the one with the funny marks on it. Did you agree that they tasted good enough to warrant inclusion in any apple collection despite their appearance? I’ve never heard of them.

  2. love the photos, especially the very first one. the westfield seek no further apples now intrigue me as well.

  3. i love that last picture – her running away, him looking so despondent.

    did you eat the westfield? i would have, just based on the sign! i love an obscure apple. i used to buy tasting packs from a place called Applesource (http://www.applesource.com/).

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