One of my highlights of the Fall season is traveling to the acreage where Allison grew up for the purpose of picking apples and making apple juice.  Her parents have three apple trees (macintosh, red delicious, and sweet sixteen) and they were LOADED with apples this year.  We came a couple of weeks after the first round of picking (done by Allison’s sisters and their families), and we still came away with 14 gallons of juice.

The kids, especially Isaac, had a good time helping Grandpa Larry pick, wish, grind, and press the apples.  One of the neatest parts of the day is using a 100+ year old apple press to make the juice.  Larry bought it at an auction several years ago, fixed up a few parts, and has been able to make dozens of gallons of the best apple juice you’ve ever tasted.

After the work was done, we went for a walk in the woods.  We saw an enormous beaver dam and a bunch of ducks in a stream that ran through a neighbors property.  It was a great day – nothing fancy, no money spent…just quality time with family, good hard work, and (literally) enjoying the fruits of our labor and God’s blessings.

Enjoy the video…


3 Responses to Apples

  1. Kara says:

    Is anyone worried about Larry’s hand in video number 2? His hand seems to be fairly far down in the apple grinder.

  2. Erik says:

    It is a little terrifying how close to the chopper his hand gets…but Larry’s a pro

  3. earnestin says:

    Interesting Read! Very detailed blog.
    Thanks for sharing

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