We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This is one of our dwarf Cortlands today, ready to be picked but the fruit will remain good on the tree for a few weeks, at least. If we had bothered to fertilize, it would probably have doubled the fruit. I will fertilize them next year.
There is still so much good green forage in the woods and fields, and there are so many healthy wild apple trees out there, that the deer haven't bothered our domesticated apple trees a bit.
In MT, one way we can tell if an area is the site of an old farmstead, or an old mine, or an old logging camp is by the apple trees. They seem to have miracuously appeared among the pines, but in fact they were either planted by hopeful housewives, or are a result of thrown away apple cores. It is now very difficult to find truly good pie apples. They say the Cortland is very good--but I have not seen that on the market. However, we do get Gravenstiens, but the season seems to only be about 2 weeks long in WA state. Wonder why it is that in the Apple state--we have such limited choices? Anybody every hear of an apple called a "McWethy" or something close to that. Aunt in MT had a great tree--best pies. After her death family sold to a couple of lesbians from CA. They came to MT packing heat in holsters they wore like cowboys, cut down the tree--too messy they said! Ahh civilization!
Never knew that Cortland could also be spelled Courtland. I go to Cortland fairly often and Courtland just ain't right, IMHO. This is a great year for apples. The orchards are looking very nice and apple pie is on the menu every Sunday.
How do Courtlands taste compared to McIntosh's? the ones they bring down here to Florida taste bad because I think they are McIngold's or some other combo. Anyone know of any good places to get mail order apples?
In 1923 the Lord Himself (must have) inspired
R. Wellington to get it right.
And develop the best eating apple in the world.
A farmer told me that you should eat all the
Macouns you want by the first of December.
Soon available from here Taconic Orchards
For sale, too, it seems.
Ahh, Taconic Orchards on Route 82... Thanks for the refreshing mid-week reminder of my weekend drives to the North Country. There are also a number of great farm stands a few miles north in Kinderhook on Route 9H. And the drive is real purty.