The Whole Point of Having a Tree

11 September 2008 · 8 comments

More from the J.D. and Kris show.

I’m upstairs, eating my dinner and answering e-mail. Kris is downstairs making a taco salad. She stops moving around, comes to the bottom of the stairs, and in a whiney/sad/bewildered voice, says, “Jay Deeeeee…..

I know I’ve done something wrong, and I wrack my brain to think of what it might be. I come up blank. “What?” I say, timid.

“I didn’t mean for you to harvest all of the apples,” Kris says, and I laugh. “It’s not funny,” she says. “I don’t have time to take care of all those apples. I told you I only needed three.”

“But you said, ‘Those apples need to be harvested.’ That’s a direct quote!” I say. I feel vindicated. I’m right!

“What I said was, ‘It’s time to start harvesting the apples,'” Kris says. “What are we going to do with all these?”

Actually, I had been wondering the same thing as I picked them. They’re pretty good apples: firm, fleshy, and not too damaged. I was impressed. Our pest traps seem to have worked. This is the first year we’ve had a big crop from our Jonathan tree, and it yielded about nineteen pounds. That’s a lot of apples. But what will we do with them?

“I’ll take care of the apples,” I say, hoping to buy some time, but Kris only sighs.

“You don’t pick apples all at once,” Kris says. “That’s the whole point of having a tree!”

Does anyone like apple pie?

1 Lane September 11, 2008 at 18:24

me me me me me me me me :)

I’ll trade you some green beans or tomatoes (not that you aren’t drowning in tomatoes.) How about some peppers? Jalapeno? Serrano?

2 Amy Jo September 11, 2008 at 18:43

Yes, please. And, Ossley just looooooves applesauce:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetrubydeer/2834223072/

3 luneray September 11, 2008 at 18:53

apple butter?

juice and cider?

4 Joe September 11, 2008 at 19:28

The Oregon Food Bank takes donations from gardens.

5 Kris September 11, 2008 at 20:41

Okay, so we managed a batch of applesauce. My distress was mostly because it was already on my agenda to process 15 pounds of blue plums tonight (from a co-worker) and make marinara sauce on Saturday. I was expecting to have another week before dealing with the apples. Ah well.

6 Mrs darling September 12, 2008 at 08:01

Hey I’ll come take some off your hands! Seriously if you have any extra give me a call. My trees bear every two years and this was the year that we were suppose to get the big crop, but we pruned heavily in February thus losing a lot of apples. So if you need to get rid of them I will gladly come get them!

7 Mom September 12, 2008 at 15:30

If you still have some the next time you come out, bring 6 or 7 and I may brave making a Splenda apple pie.

8 JC September 14, 2008 at 16:58

These folks might be able to take some off yr hands: http://portlandfruit.org/.

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