Locally Made - Day 20 | A few miles from our house is a defunct orchard. Beautiful trees, that in spite of needing a good pruning, were loaded with gorgeous apples every year- dark dark red ones. Big, gorgeous, perfect, sweet red apples.
We noticed that no one was picking them, so we got permission to do so for a few years in a row, and they made the most stunning glowing pink cider! I've never seen another apple like these around here. And I had no luck trying to find out what variety they were.
One day this summer I happen to be driving by when, to my horror, I saw that all the apple trees were gone. Clear cut, stumps ground out, with barely a trace that a lovely orchard stood there for decades. It took the wind out of me a little bit- we treated that orchard like it was our own while we were there. I just couldn't imagine getting rid of something that wonderful and productive.
I still have a few jars of this local cider, made from the very last crop of apples that that old orchard ever produced- and it feels just a little too special to drink it. #cider #homestead #simplygratefultogether