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ceejay48
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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 02 2016 :  12:40:10 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Farmgirls,
I'm working on submitting my application for the APPLES Merit Badge. I basically grew up in an apple orchard as my dad raised several varieties and we sold them by the truckloads. He also made cider on a commercial cider press and sold that "nectar of the gods" by gallon after gallon. His apples and his cider were sought after by many, many people. He has been gone now for quite some time and the orchards are owned by other folks, but you can still tell the old-timers that these are "Gaylord's Apples"!

TWO THINGS that I didn't know and have learned recently are:
1) the origin of apples was China. Even though I grew up “in an apple orchard” I never really knew that origin.
2) the Red Delicious variety was “perfected” in the State of Washington. While I knew Washington was a state where apples were a primary crop I didn’t know this. I did know that there was somewhat of a “competition” between Colorado (which is where our orchards are and a great apple state) and Washington for apples!

Thanks for letting me share!
CJ

These are some Romes and Golden Delicious (with a kiss)from the orchard



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Edited by - ceejay48 on Feb 02 2016 2:00:07 PM

Marilyn Hartman Sullivan
True Blue Farmgirl

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Marilyn
Oxford PA
USA
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Posted - Feb 02 2016 :  1:22:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
CeeJay - I was born and lived in Washington until about 5 years ago. We learned all about the Red Delicious when I was in school, of course, and it was "THE" lunchbox apple when we were kids. It used to be a really nice crisp apple, but over time they have bred it to where it is grainy and tasteless, and I won't touch them. When I went to Indiana for high school, I was surprised to find that the first weekend in October in our little town was Apple Festival! I guess apples grow well in southern Indiana, too. I had always heard that Michigan had good apples, too. When Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo moved to Missouri, it was touted as "The Land of the Big Red Apple."

These days, my favorite is the Crispin (Mutsu) from Colora Orchards down in Maryland.

The apple sure is a staple crop, and such a wonderful food it is!

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - Feb 02 2016 :  1:57:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love that beautiful basketful of apples, CeeJay! Makes me want to grab one and start munching. Once you start learning about the history of apples, it is such fun because we have taken apples for granted and never really knew what an important fruit it has been through the millennial. Everyone can appreciate apples even if they are not their favorite fruit.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Feb 02 2016 :  2:14:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a great history CJ. Apples are such a wonderful fruit. Congratulations on completing the Apple Merit Badge. I bet this badge holds a special place in your heart.

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gramadinah
True Blue Farmgirl

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Diana
Orofino ID
USA
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Posted - Feb 02 2016 :  2:28:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Apples, YUMMMY I love the Honey Crisp eat one a day when I can get them. We transport millions of apples out of the Washington to Ohio. The care and storage of the Apple is really interesting too. We got a small Apple press last year and put up 48 quarts of cider I was not thinking and should have made vinegar too.
The DH always pressed cider and home made doughnuts as a kid growing up so the tradition continues.

Diana




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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 03 2016 :  11:10:47 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
We like the Honey Crisp as well, however, they were not around when my dad planted his orchards. But I do like the Galas for eating fresh, as well as the Red Delicious, or Golden Delicious. The Romes are my favorite for baking, but I like to mix them with Jonathan and Winesap to make applesauce. I don't peel my apples, just cut up and cook in pressure cooker and then press through a ricer . . that way the color from the peelings makes the applesauce pink! If I'm freezing or canning the applesauce I don't add any sugar or anything until we use it and then usually only cinnamon. A bit of brown sugar if it needs a bit of sweet but very rarely!
CJ

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edlund33
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Marilyn
Renton WA
USA
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Posted - Feb 03 2016 :  8:45:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have to agree with my evil twin sister Marilyn Hartman Sullivan that Red Delicious apples are no longer all they were once cracked up to be. My current favorites are Gravenstein, Braeburn and HoneyCrisp. The best apples I've ever had though were Buckley Giant but sadly our tree fell over in an ice storm several years ago and I've not been able to find a replacement. They were huge...about the size of a large Grapefruit with a crisp tart flavor that made the best pies and applesauce. I have many happy memories of helping to make cider in the fall at my great aunt and uncle's farm.

Cheers! ~ Marilyn

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - Feb 04 2016 :  06:03:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And......only 8 more months until our MJF Apple Festival month celebration!! Recently, one of our grocery stores has been carrying the Opal apples from Washington state. They are a beautiful deep yellow color with a tart and juicy flesh. I am enjoying them every day lately!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
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KristiW
Moderator/Farmgirl True

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Kristine
MaryJanesFarm
USA
639 Posts

Posted - Feb 04 2016 :  06:46:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Winnie I haven't heard of the Opal variety, so I will keep an eye out for them. You'd think I'd know every apple being from Washington!

Kristi
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 04 2016 :  10:37:39 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Opal apples? Hmmmmmm . . . have to keep an eye out for those as well!

And, I have to agree that the store version of Red Delicious are NOT like those grown here in the orchard and picked off the tree!
That's why I don't buy them!
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
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Marilyn Hartman Sullivan
True Blue Farmgirl

1134 Posts

Marilyn
Oxford PA
USA
1134 Posts

Posted - Feb 04 2016 :  11:42:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Marilyn!!! -- I had friends who had a Buckley Giant tree years ago and it was the BEST! One big apple per pie. They lived down near Puyallup and had a few dwarf fruit trees.

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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 05 2016 :  10:42:11 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Sharing my Apple BakeOver recipe with you. We thought it was YUMMMY!!
If you try it, I hope you like it!
Thanks for letting me share!
CJ

CJ’s APPLE BAKEOVER
4 medium apples (I used Rome Beauty), unpeeled and diced (you may peel them if you prefer)
4 tblsp. butter
˝ c. brown sugar
1 tsp sea salt
Ľ c. finely chopped nuts
1 tblsp. honey
Combine these ingredients and place in the bottom of a greased bundt cake pan (or any other baking dish). Drizzle with the honey

BakeOver Topping:
3 tblsp. butter, melted
1 ˝ c. Budget Mix (I used the whole wheat version)
˝ c. brown sugar
2 eggs
˝ c. plain Greek yogurt
˝ c. milk, buttermilk or cream
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine all the topping ingredients, spread over the apple mixture. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Cool until just warm and then turn out onto plate. Serve warm, and whipped cream or ice cream makes a wonderful addition!

I made mine in a bundt pan, then was able to "dress it up" with a tealight in a votive holder in the center hole.



..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
Mother Hen: FARMGIRLS SOUTHWEST HENHOUSE

my aprons - http://www.facebook.com/FarmFreshAprons

living life - www.snippetscja.blogspot.com

from my heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

from my hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com

Edited by - ceejay48 on Feb 05 2016 10:44:36 AM
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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
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Posted - Feb 05 2016 :  1:36:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That looks delicious, thanks for including the recipe!

Jill
Farmgirl #6748
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 15 2016 :  5:38:29 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I"m thinking that I need to make another one of Apple BakeOvers! It sure was tasty!
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Alicia
Charlestown, IN
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Posted - Feb 15 2016 :  6:05:33 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
This is so awesome CJ! My son, Gabriel, who is 5, has wanted to be an Apple Farmer since he was 3. It will be part of our farm. A small orchard. Here in Southern Indiana! Yep, we can grow pretty good apples around here! I love Gala, personally!

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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 15 2016 :  8:43:46 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Wishing you and Gabriel the best on your orchard growing endeavor. Nothing like homegrown apples!
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
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my aprons - http://www.facebook.com/FarmFreshAprons

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4853 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4853 Posts

Posted - Feb 16 2016 :  06:30:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ohhh, CeeJay, that apple BakeOver looks fantastic! Yum!!

Alicia, having an apple orchard would be awesome! There are so many great ways to enjoy apples and you can have varieties that ripen from late Summer to late Fall to spread out the bounty. Like CJ says, there is nothing tastier than homegrown apples!!

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Red Tractor Girl
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ceejay48
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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 16 2016 :  07:32:56 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Well, Winnie, it was very yummy! Serve it warm with a bit of fresh Jersey cream! Is your mouth watering yet?
If you didn't live so cotton-pickin' far away I'd invite you over for the next one! :D
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 16 2016 :  07:35:58 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
P.S. Winnie, you could come visit me in the fall when it's apple picking time and we can go pick apples together, then make an Apple BakeOver and eat it together! Whatcha think??

Any other farmgirls are welcome to do the same . . . late September, early October!
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
Mother Hen: FARMGIRLS SOUTHWEST HENHOUSE

my aprons - http://www.facebook.com/FarmFreshAprons

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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Alicia
Charlestown, IN
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Posted - Feb 16 2016 :  2:57:38 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks CJ and Winnie!

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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

762 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
762 Posts

Posted - Feb 17 2016 :  08:04:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
CJ, Wow! Your Apple Bakeover looks delish! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

I "should" work on my apple badge. We have an, well they claim to be the largest "Mcintosh" apple orchard in the world, just down the road from me. Love to shop there. They have a wonderful boutique full of apple theme items, books, cookbooks, pie plates etc... a bakery .... Oh and coolers full of a variety of apples. If that wasn't enough to entice you, the ladies who work there are all quilters! They are presently closed for the season, but should open back up soon! Miss not being able to go there!

Thanks again for the encouragement to check my badge binder to see where I left off!

Cheers!

Carole
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ceejay48
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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 17 2016 :  10:22:12 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Carole,
McIntosh apples are a favorite around here too! That was one variety my dad raised in our orchards.
They'd be good for a BakeOver!
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
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my aprons - http://www.facebook.com/FarmFreshAprons

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Edited by - ceejay48 on Feb 17 2016 10:37:39 AM
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4853 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4853 Posts

Posted - Feb 17 2016 :  11:50:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
CeeJay, it would be awesome to come in the Fall to pick apples with you and make a BakeOver together!! It is a shame I live so cotton picking' far away!!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
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ceejay48
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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 17 2016 :  12:05:43 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Winnie,
Well, you just need to come my way. Fall is BEAUTIFUL in Colorado! It's my favorite season! You'd probably love it!

CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
Mother Hen: FARMGIRLS SOUTHWEST HENHOUSE

my aprons - http://www.facebook.com/FarmFreshAprons

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - Feb 18 2016 :  06:16:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am sure Fall is quite lovely in Colorado, CeeJay and maybe one day I can make it out. Thanks for the invitation too! If it was possible, I would love to drive all over the US and just go and visit Farmgirls along the way. It would be such a fun trip, but quite a bit of driving!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 18 2016 :  11:57:41 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Winnie, I would like to do the same thing.
My daughter and I have had the privilege of driving into Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington, meeting farmgirls along the way. Our glamping road trip in 2013 took us THREE days of driving to get from her house in Phoenix to Spokane, Washington. And, I had to drive ONE day to get from my house in southwest Colorado to get to her house, so we could start our trip together.
We rented a van for that trip and put 4000 miles on it in that road trip!
Yup, lots of driving!
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
Mother Hen: FARMGIRLS SOUTHWEST HENHOUSE

my aprons - http://www.facebook.com/FarmFreshAprons

living life - www.snippetscja.blogspot.com

from my heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

from my hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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