Thursday, October 4, 2018

Apple Season

We stopped by Grandma Lambe's the other day to check out the apples.  The area around Meaford and Thornbury is the top apple growing area in Ontario, and therefore has the greatest variety of apples available for us to buy.

 'Grandma Lambe's' is just one of several farm outlets where you buy apples (and pies and other fruit) near Meaford.

The bushels and half-bushels were under a tent outside, being unloaded from a truck directly from the orchard.

On the left 'Sweet 16s', a recent popular variety only available for a short season.  On the right, the very successful Honey Crisp, my favourite apple for the taste.  But look at the price!  $70.00 a bushel!  With only a few trees bearing fruit yet, it's very pricey.

These are the bags the typical consumer will buy, in half peck and one peck sizes.  (When was the last time you heard the term 'peck' as a unit of measurement?  Apples are about the last crop sold in pccs; four pecks = 1 bushel.)


That's not me in the headless scarecrow outfit, but that is Mrs. Furry Gnome pretending to be Grandma Lambe.

21 comments:

  1. Ah yes, it is apple time. $70 a bushel is quite a price, three years ago I purchased drops for a mere $2.00 a bushel -- they made wonderful applesauce.

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  2. that is a bit of a shocker - $70. for a bushel of Honey Crisp. Do like Mrs. Furry Gnome's fancy new hair style.

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  3. I remember buying a bushel for $12. Doesn't seem that long ago. I have noticed that there are lots more varieties available going right to the orchard than on the supermarket shelves.

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  4. Fabric was " an ell", I haven't seen it with that measurement down here at all, and a peck or bushel, I cannot remember those down here. My Mum bought material by the yard, and it was usually 36 inches wide, for dressmaking. Apples galore, and Mrs F.G. you look wonderful there, hiding behind Grandma Lambe.

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  5. What is the saying? A bad apple doesn't fall far from the tree? Sorry, no reference, it just came to my scrambled brain after seeing all the apples. Ha ha, there won't be any bad apples in those baskets, I'm sure! That price is crazy!!
    Love Mrs. F.G. posing, her dress is beautiful! :)

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    1. Duh! I realize that the saying is 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree'.......not just the bad one! :S

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  6. It's a wonderful thing to be able to eat an apple right off the tree. We have plenty of varieties to choose from, too. I like Fuji apples these days. :-)

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  7. I love those Muskoka Chairs!!!!

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  8. I like apple pies, apple crisp, apple fritters, apple iPods, apple sauce, sweet apple cider, apple cake, apple muffins, apple stores, apple spaghetti, a well done apple steak, apple butter, apple bananas, apple porridge, apple ice cream, apple fudge, and apple pizza but I don't care so much for raw apples......

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  9. I can smell the apples from here.

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  10. Lovely outing. Now I know (again) what a peck is.

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  11. I love apples, Honeycrisps are about $3.49 a pound here not sure what that would make in a peck or a bushel! I like Raeburn apples the best tart and crisp:) Sweet 16 was also a U of MN introduction I believe they introduced a new apple at the State Fair and gave out samples..Rave or First Kiss is what they named it...In other states it will be Rave but MN grown apples will be known as First Kiss.
    Mrs FG is lookin good!

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  12. My current favorite apple is the Ambrosia but I like them all!

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  13. Lovely photos . We love fresh apple crumble pie YUMMY ! we have lots of apple orchards that are part of the Ontario fields to forks program one really good grower that provides for not only Ontario but around the world is Martins family Fruit Farm has been doing it for 7 generations and it is huge , they grow close to 20 different verities my fave is Granny Smith and Honeycrisp they also sell their apples at St Jacobs market as well as their own on the property which is no far from St Jacobs market . Looking good Mrs FG . I am glad you had a nice time at there . Nothing like fresh apples for baking this time of year . Thanks for sharing , have a good weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving .

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  14. Such lovely photographs.
    Apples and Autumn go together …
    Love the photograph of Mrs. Furry Gnome.

    All the best Jan

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  15. I have heard of pecks all of my life with the saying ”a bushel and a peck”but didn’t know that size of bag was a peck. They put out plastic bags anymore in our big food store and sell them by the pound.

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  17. The area we lived in southwest Missouri had lots of apple orchards. Local small towns had so many orchards the fall festivals have names like AppleFest and Apple Butter Makin' Days. One village has Miss Apple for the young folks and Ms. Overripe for the not so young women.

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