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Gypsyjewelcb
Farmgirl at Heart

4 Posts

Connie
Huntsville Texas
USA
4 Posts

Posted - Mar 15 2016 :  7:09:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here I am going after my APPLES merit badge. I grew up in Moscow, Idaho, so I a partial to the wild apples that would grow along side roads and mom and I had a old abandoned orchard we would go to and pick from(with permission), Grandma had several on her property as well. Now that I am living in Texas, I find myself buying my apples, from the store, which I am not very happy with. The apple butter I make from wild apples is much better than the store bought apples. I usually use Fuji or Gala apples here, I also like honey crisp, and jazz apples to snack on when I can get them here. In my beginning quest for my badge I have found it very interesting the origin of the apple of where it came from, and that hard cider was the colonial choice beverage.

-Connie B.
...I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one. -Calamity Jane
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4853 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4853 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2016 :  05:57:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie, I hope you will continue to find your apple badge fun and helpful! I live here in Florida where apples do not grow, but like you, I grew up in a state( Virginia) where apples have thrived for hundreds of years. Apples that grow for production lose a lot of flavor in exchange for skin color and longevity of shelf life. You are not imaging that your apple butter and eating apples are missing something. They are:FLAVOR! The apple badge was inspired by me and I wrote out the requirements based on the past few years of exploring more deeply about this beloved fruit. The more I read and learn, the more I want to know. It is true that apples and their uses are intimately tied to our American dinner tables throughout the history of our nation. We started a new tradition here last September by proclaiming that September was Apple Festival Month at MJF! We had a wonderful celebration together culminating in our latest Farm tradition, Apple Pie Sunday which will always be celebrated the fourth Sunday of September . Oh my, the apple pie and apple recipes that were shared were inspiring! Enjoy your Apple badge work and be sure to jump in here for September 2016 Apple Festival at MJF!!





Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
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disTizmoi
Farmgirl at Heart

5 Posts

Suzy
Bentonville VA
USA
5 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2016 :  06:20:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ceejay -

We just moved to a small town near Front Royal VA (also a small town but bigger than where we live.) Near, if not in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. I used to live in Southern Maryland. This area of VA is famous for apples. I'm looking forward to starting my Apple badge because all I know about apples is the type I like to eat (Fuji) and the type I like to bake with (Granny Smith). I also know my Dad likes Macintosh. That's it! I know, pathetic. :) But this will soon pass...

thanks and enjoy!

Suzy

It is ME...Suzy!
Farmgirl #6922

"Oh my goodness...go play outside!" said her Mom
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13368 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13368 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2016 :  12:08:39 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Oh Suzy, you'll get it! I know a lot about apples, but I don't know all there is to know!
Keep on keeping on!
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
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Edited by - ceejay48 on Oct 24 2018 6:48:08 PM
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4853 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4853 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  05:50:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Suzy, I grew up in Charlottesville, Va. and yes Virginia produces wonderful apples! You are going to have a lot of fun this coming Fall searching out the farm stands and trying out some local favorites. I am looking forward to hearing about what you discover in your area. I hope you will be sure to share some photos with us here come September and let us know what your favorites are!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
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debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

364 Posts

Debbie
Madras OR
USA
364 Posts

Posted - Apr 12 2016 :  7:03:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Sisters!
I am just getting around to applying for my beginner badge in Apples! I have a fun story to share. My husband's greatx3 grandfather, Henderson Luelling, brought the first fruit trees to Oregon from Iowa in a covered wagon in 1847. He had 700 1 year old grafted trees in a specially built wagon and somehow managed to keep them alive until they got to the now Milwaukie area of Oregon in the Willamette Valley. He established the first nursery there in 1848. I believe some of the original trees are still there! Besides apples, he also had pears, cherries, peaches, quince, black walnut and hickory trees and also grapes, currants and gooseberries. The story has it that the Native Americans that they met along the way thought that a man who could carry such living things as trees must have a special "magic" and they honored him and his family and the others travelling in their party.
Many of the varieties that he brought with him are old and I hadn't heard of them before....Blue Pear Main, Gloria Mundi, Red Check Pippin, Rhode Island Greening and Seek No Further. Some I did recognize....Gravenstein, Newton and Winesap.
While he was in Oregon, he and his brother, Seth, developed the Bing Cherry that we all love and named it after one of their Manchurian workers. It's a part of my husband's family's history that they are especially proud of....now that I think of it, I think my husband told me this on our first date!!!! Thanks for letting me share!
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SouthForty
True Blue Farmgirl

206 Posts

Doris
Dallas TX
USA
206 Posts

Posted - Apr 12 2016 :  7:34:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How cool is that, Debbie?! That sounds like an awesome first date conversation. . . I see why he was a "keeper!"

SouthForty, MJFG#3794

~*~ You can put your boots in the oven but that don't make 'em biscuits! ~*~
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4853 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4853 Posts

Posted - Apr 13 2016 :  06:27:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, Debbie, this is a wonderful family story about the beginning of apple orchards across the U.S.!! Thank-you for sharing this fun bit of history with us. Does the original homestead still belong in the family? Can you actually go and visit this place where Mr.Henderson Luelling lived? Fascinating!!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13368 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13368 Posts

Posted - Apr 13 2016 :  12:56:56 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Love your story, Debbie!
My dad would have loved it too . . . perhaps he knew about it. He was an orchardman extraordinaire!
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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from my hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

364 Posts

Debbie
Madras OR
USA
364 Posts

Posted - Apr 15 2016 :  10:49:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you! From what I understand, there is no Luelling home in Milaukie, where the orchard was. Unfortunately, there is now the Waverly Country Club where the orchard used to be :( Although, they do have a large display at the Country Club about him and the orchard and there are some original trees left in the area.
Before he left for Oregon with his nursery stock, he and his family lived in Salem, Iowa. His home there was built in 1840 and is still standing. He was a Quaker and an abolitionist and used his home as part of the Underground Railroad. It's now a park of the National Park Service and is open to tours. My husband's aunt and uncle were able to go through it several years ago on a road trip and sent us pictures...it's pretty cool! We have that on our list of places to see....and it's SO CLOSE to the John Deere Factory in Moline, Illinois!!!! hahaha That would be quite the road trip!
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4853 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4853 Posts

Posted - Apr 16 2016 :  4:25:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Debbie, what fun that you can visit the home in Salem, Iowa. It makes the story so much more personal when you can stand in a place that your relative did so many decades ago!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
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Janice
True Blue Farmgirl

187 Posts

Janice
Vancouver WA
USA
187 Posts

Posted - May 08 2016 :  8:54:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't believe how many different kind of apple their are. 'Lady in Red' is a new one we carry at the very small chain market I work at. I remember as a kid visiting my Grandparent farm in Eugene, OR. picking apples off the tree in the summer time and eating very large red delicious apple they grew on their farm. It was so large I could never finish it.

Janice Vintage Artist
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fox
Farmgirl in Training

12 Posts

Joanne
CA
USA
12 Posts

Posted - Oct 20 2018 :  3:49:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was very interested to find out from debbieklann†that her ancestor brought apple and other
trees to Milwaukie OR. I used to spend summers up there on a farm and there was a fantastic apple tree and
wonderful black walnut that had been planted in the mid 1800ís, maybe from her relative. It was also interested
to find that the red delicious that I remembered had been great, and now find Iím not that fond of them, that they
have actually been changed and not the same apple I remembered.


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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

4079 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
4079 Posts

Posted - Oct 22 2018 :  12:12:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joanne, that would be so cool if the apples you ate were Debbie's ancestors! It's amazing how we find so many connections in this world.

Krista
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fox
Farmgirl in Training

12 Posts

Joanne
CA
USA
12 Posts

Posted - Nov 06 2018 :  2:23:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That would be cool. I went on google earth and it looks like the fields, the orchard, the apples, black walnut trees, and the original farm house have all been torn out and replaced by housing. Only the newer farm house remains without the barn or milk house. What a shame!!

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debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

364 Posts

Debbie
Madras OR
USA
364 Posts

Posted - Nov 06 2018 :  2:35:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joanne and Krista....from what I understand, there are a couple of the original trees left where the old orchard/homestead used to be. It's now the Waverly Country Club. My husband and I were in that area a couple of months ago for an Oregon Trail celebration and thought we'd drive by to see what we could see. Unfortunately, we drove past the exit and ended up turning around and not going to the country club. Our cousin had told us that if you call ahead of time, they will let you in to see the family history display but NO DENIM FABRIC is allowed on the grounds....AT ALL!!! Since we were both wearing blue jeans, we decided it probably wouldn't do us any good to stop!


Debbie Klann
Farmgirl Sister #770
2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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fox
Farmgirl in Training

12 Posts

Joanne
CA
USA
12 Posts

Posted - Nov 06 2018 :  3:26:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It looks like your family property was turned into a country club. The farm I used to go to as a kid was in Milwaukie and it looks like only the newer house (although still quite old) is still there. The house where my mom was born was saved as a historic home but was moved to 12006 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Was that the original house that has turned into the country club?

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