These are quite possibly the ugliest apples that ever were, but they’re also rather delicious. One of Henry’s clients (Randy) is a bit of an apple-grafting enthusiast, and he gifted us a couple buckets of ‘Gold Rush’ apples the last time Henry went out to trim the horses. The biggest ones are just shy of tennis ball-size, but some are hardly bigger than golf balls. They’re extra small because Randy didn’t thin the fruit in the early summer, but they’re juicy and sweet and tangy all the same.
They’ve got some weird grayish dirt-looking fungus on the outside that never really washes off, but it hasn’t deterred us from eating a lot of them. They’re also great because they keep a super long time. We’ve had them for weeks, and not only are have I not found a single rotten one, but they’re still incredibly crisp even though we’re just storing them out on our covered porch.
When we were in California for Thanksgiving, we brought home no less than 700 pounds of satsumas. It sounds crazy, I know, but at 60¢/pound, it’s a screaming deal. Also, a 10-pound bag of satsumas makes pretty much the best gift ever, so we’ve been giving them away to many of our friends, neighbors, and clients. After eating quite a few (several million) at home, we’re actually down to our last couple bags. Luckily, the mandarins in our own greenhouse are ripening up nicely, so we’ll still have plenty of citrus on our hands for weeks to come.
All in all, I feel like the figurative pantry is still pretty well stocked with fresh (apples, citrus, winter squash, parsley, leeks, cabbage, potatoes, onions, etc.), frozen (berries, pesto, tomato sauce, chicken, goat, etc.), and canned goods (tomatoes, apple sauce, jams, pickles, etc.) from our place or from our friends. There are still a couple of dark months ahead, though, so come February, I might have to resort to (*gasp*) buying supplemental produce from the grocery store. There are certainly worse things in life.
Random side note: If anyone in the Corvallis area is interested in a bulk quantity (medium/large box or more) of squash, potatoes, or really nice onions, my parents have several hundred pounds in storage that they’re hoping to sell for a very reasonable price. You can email my mom, Nancy, at firstname.lastname@example.org .