Howgate Wonder is really a handful, 13-1/2 inches around and that's not even the biggest one.
But the question is, how does it eat?
Some leaves still have a little chlorophyll remaining, but that will soon be broken down and taken in by the tree. The leaves on the ground are excellent soil conditioners, as they are a feed for worms, other soil vertebrates and invertebrates, nematodes, fungi and bacteria. Winter time is feeding times for our orchard worms. #photosynthesis #apples #autumn2023 #GoldenLeaves
An orchards grows fruit, but a nursery grows wood.
Big shoutout Keepers Nursery in Kent, a small shop with a huge inventory.
I have the notion that Rubinette is really a very good apple. But so far I have only been able to taste flawed samples.
Promising one though.
That's just a tiny fraction of what the farm donated last week (9 pallets at about 1000 lbs each), with many tons still on the trees.
The #bears are starting to come in and that is a problem because they break off lots of branches, damaging or outright killing commercial trees.
Small growers of fruit are squeezed by huge "family farms", big name companies like Del Monte, and established large co-ops.
A throwback to 2020 - The secret of the golden apple.
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«Markets have been “replaced by digital trading platforms which look like, but are not, markets”. The moment you enter amazon.com “you exit #capitalism” and enter something that resembles a “feudal fief”: a digital world belonging to one man and his algorithm, which determines what products you will see and what products you won’t see.
If you are a seller, the #platform will determine how you can sell and which #customers you can approach. The terms in which you interact, share information and trade are dictated by an “algo” that “works for [Jeff Bezos’] bottom line”.
The capitalists who rely on this mode of selling are granted access to the digital estate by its virtual landowners, the Big Tech companies. And if “vassal capitalists” don’t abide by the laws of the estate, they are kicked out – removed from #Apple’s App Store or #Google’s search index – with disastrous consequences for their business.
Access to the “digital fief” comes at the cost of exorbitant rents. Varoufakis notes that many third-party developers on the Apple store, for example, pay 30% “on all their revenues”, while #Amazon charges its sellers “35% of revenues”. This, he argues, is like a medieval #feudal lord sending round the sheriff to collect a large chunk of his serfs’ produce because he owns the estate and everything within it.
This is not extracting profit through the production or provision of goods and services, as these platforms are not a “service” in the sense in which the term is used in economics. They are extracting rents in the form of the huge cuts they take from the capitalists on their platforms.
There is “no disinterested invisible hand of the #market” here. The Big Tech platforms are exempted from free-market competition. Their owners – “cloudalists” – increase their wealth and power at a dizzying pace with each click, exploiting a new form of rent-seeking made possible by the new algorithmically structured digital platforms. Parasitic on capitalist production, they are now dominating it.
But something even more transformative has happened, Varoufakis argues.
Even though most of us are regularly interacting with capitalists and earning wages via our labour, now, for the first time in history, all of us contribute to “the wealth and power of the new ruling class” through our “unpaid labour”.
Every time we use our cloud-linked devices – smartphones, laptops, #Alexa, Google Assistant, #Siri – we replenish the capital of the Big Tech cloudalists. This in turn increases their capacity to generate more wealth. How? We train their algorithms, which train us, to train them, and so on, in a feedback loop whose goal is to shape our desires and behaviour. They are “selling things to us while selling our attention to others”.»
I walked almost 5 km today. This is less than my average from before I got sick. It made me a little bit tired, but not too bad. I also went picking apples. I’ve been picking apples every week, and making apple butter, cider, pies, and dried apples. Next up, apple sauce. I’ve lived here since 2016 and I’ve never seen anyone else pick from this tree. I don’t get it. The food is free and delicious. #forager #foraging #recovery #COVID #apples
Be careful if you use #Apples Find My network
If you don’t only start paying attention to the NBA when the playoffs start, you’ll understand that for me the apple season starts when Gold Rush (L) and Ashmead’s Kernel (R) #apples appear in NYC greenmarkets.
My old apple tree was nearly dead from borers. Several years of regular treatment with neem oil and the tree has survived. Last year was horrendous weather with too much wind and rain so any blossoms that it did have got destroyed.
This year is looking promising. And then we just had a storm blow through with hail. The tree and the blossoms have survived this round.
🇺🇸 🍎 #Apple hunter’s 16-year quest for rare ‘lost’ variety was just the start.. Finding #rare #apples .. getting more difficult .. #historic apple trees are disappearing .. people rarely raise apples in their own backyards. #heritage #history #fruit #orchard #NorthCarolina
For folks in Southern California, the two big apple-growing areas left are Oak Glen, near San Bernardino, and Julian, near San Diego. Here's a vlog about a trip to Julian.
One thing folks who aren't connected to growing need to remember - not only do apples in general have a peak season, but these orchards grow varieties that have a season within that. So look up whether the apples you want (or any apples they grow) are in season before traveling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWBW8l0aV1Q #FruitToot #Apples
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Traditionally, English #cider was made by pressing it and leaving it in semicovered oak barrels on the northern side of the house. It would slowly bubble away and come spring you'd have a nice clear still strong cider.
I'm trying to replicate that a bit here, with my Danish ciders, so as soon as fermentation has begun in earnest I move the ciders outside. Currently it's 7*C and they're still happily bubbling.
The idea is that a slow fermentation preserves more apple character and also does not produce as many of the unappetizing flavours which are produced by stressed or hyperactive yeasts.
Culinary Adventures #104: Apples in Nightgowns
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Today we processed ~160 pounds of apples from our trees into 12 (originally wrote 9, forgetting the last batch) beautiful quarts of apple sauce. Only took a team of 3 people 8.5 hours to do it - but it was lots of fun and good family time. The thumbs are sore from all the peeling!!
The Trojan war was started by an apple, when Paris presented a golden apple, inscribed with the word ‘kallistei’ (‘to the fairest one’), to Aphrodite. This did not go down well with Hera and Athena which ultimately led to the war.
10 things you might not know about apples:
My great aunt on the ladder and my grandmother sitting on the ground under the tree.
That's a 12 foot orchard ladder she is standing on top of, and the other ladder is a 14 foot. I believe they are thinning the apple trees. This is in the early 1930's most likely .
The two slow ones are looking like the rest now. Maybe just enough of a temperature difference being out in front and more exposed to the room air than the others and they had cooled more overnight.
Interesting to see the progress like this when they're not all the same.
The two odd or slower ones. Getting active, but finer bubbles only.
All of these in glass don't have any yeast added so only whatever wild yeast the apples had on them.
This means you can't rely on the outcome from one year to the next.
I did this with picked grapes one year. Best wine ever, not dry. Next year, tasted like typical dry wine most people like. 😁
The 'wild' cider is fermenting somewhat vigorously. Saw a little junk in one of the air locks.
The two that were from the overfill in the buckets have not taken off in the same way. They represent an overall mix except for the cider that went in the other glass which from the last squeezed apples only.
#garden is done for the year. In a few weeks it will be frozen solid (normally). Only thing left is a volunteer sunflower that the bees are still enjoying (while they can). Now on to picking the best pie apples ever! (var. Baldwin) Chipmunks have been raiding the crop, but there's still plenty for us. 😀
@BroadforkForVictory I will bottle it before it gets too warm in the basement is my goal. It usually cools off enough it stops bubbling but then it wakes back up as spring comes around.
Here's what my 2020 looks like that I just opened a bottle of. Lots of carbonation, it wasn't chilled.
There was 2.75 gallons, or 10.4 liters, of cider that didn't go in the buckets and I don't have anything big enough for all of that without leaving a lot of head space.
No sugar or yeast added. I'll see what it does after a day or so and if it's not bubbling I'll put some yeast in and maybe some sugar. I might do that anyway with one just to get a visual reference without opening up a bucket.
French again! but it's made in Belgium.
I use Safale s-04 dry ale yeast. If you keep it at about 66F or 19C or lower you won't get off tastes with a long ferment. Everything will settle out, it will clear up almost perfectly after 4-5 months.
The foam was removed from the top, the sugar was added to both buckets and I determined I needed to remove a little bit so the air lock wouldn't be touching the cider, took 3 quarts total out of both buckets.
It was stirred vigorously, and the last patch of foam was skimmed out. Then the yeast was pitched, and it seemed happy.
I got two full buckets, nearly 7 gallons or about 26 liters each. First we measure the specific gravity so we know how much sugar to add to hit our target. It measures about 1.055 so our previous years notes say that 5 lbs, or 2.25 kg, will bring it up to around 1.090 which is our target. Why math when you have notes. The temperature of the cider was 60F too so no conversions.
Du cidre français ? Ces pommes ont une drôle d'allure sur le seau. Oui, oui 🤔
I'll have about 12 milk crates of apples, this will only fill up the three buckets.
I usually selectively pick but I picked everything that wasn't brown and rotten. They say it adds flavor. We'll see. I smelled some of the various bad spots on the apples and nothing smelled bad.
One crate each of Jonathans and Spitz for storage and pies.
edit: got a few great tips, thank you! Going to learn how to do it myself :D
Starting to realise that the crowd who pruned our apple trees probably didn’t know wtf they were doing despite being tree surgeons. Anyone got any tips for dealing with excessive water shoots in old apple trees? The RHS site says they’re bad but doesn’t exactly go into detail on how to deal with them. I assume I just get rid of them but what’s stopping them coming back every year? #gardening #apples
My #drawing companion Buddy and I went looking for local #apples. We crossed the #RioGrande to #Corrales and drove north until we saw an #orchard sign. Lovely #adobe buildings, a sheet on the shop door said take care as you step down. We discussed apple sorts and history, the owner said the farm had been in their family since 1898, originally a #vineyard. Buddy and I bought a brown paper bag of apples, the paper to become a sketchbook cover. #NewMexico #Watercolor #DogsofMastodon
@goatsarah @fne8w2ah #Apples #Lightning Connector was shit from day 1 and had 0 reasons to exist - unlike the original #DockConnector, but even then the #iPod could've used #MiniUSB or #MicroUSB + #AV-Chinch and #MHL to do Audio & Video.
I'm picky about apples, but _nothing_ beats an apple fresh off the tree. They are in their best form. It's apple picking season in New England, the best time for apples. I'll eat apples of varities that I'd normally throw while arguing how bad they are, right off the tree. There is something about being fresh, that brings out the best in them.
I had a Mac yesterday, (generally not a fan) but it was fresh, crisp and bright, so good.
Ok, here's a cycling story that ties together a few things I've posted about previously.
I posted recently about the large number of apples that our sole apple tree has produced this summer. We're making apple sauce, and peeling apples by hand is tedious, so I wanted to get one of those old hand-cranked apple peelers. Happily, Lee Valley carries them so I figured I'd cycle out to get one. That worked well.
BunMum has concquered the #Apples!
Finished this morning. A few memories 😂❤️:
Apple-the-company is using lawyers and money (but not guns so far) to force apple growers to stop using images of apples-the-fruit to represent what they grow.
“Think different” my ass!
I hereby apologize for ever using Apple computers and phones.
Emerging from paternity leave and twitter appears to be a mess.
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I’m pretty excited about these!
2. Watercolor #Pomegranates (in red with green leaves on a white background)
4. Red, Yellow, and Green Apples (on a dark #teal background)
Batch of dehydrated #apples, sealed into a mylar bag for future use. 135F for 14 hours. Also added some oxygen absorbers before ironing this shut.