Monday, October 12, 2009

October is Apple-Loving Month in Grand Forks, ND

If I can't have big things, then you can make me really happy with the little things of life! In Grand Forks, in October, when our weather turns foul and wretched, scaring the toes off of us for the things to come,(check out the weather pixie and her temperature now, and the snow), we get the Oregon Apple Man!

I literally put this on my calendar in the kitchen, on my palm pilot, and in google calendar for the email reminders, because I cannot miss the Oregon Apple Man!

I'm not the only person that feels this way. This week, on the local news, our mayor (who also happens to be an obstetrician, not that this is a necessary skill for a mayor, delivering babies on the side), gave the Oregon Apple Man the keys to the city.





The guy on the left has been coming to Grand Forks for 20 years, and the guy on the right has been coming with the truckloads of apples for 40 years! They stay for about 3 days, and their trucks are swamped with people eager for the apples. I bought a crate of Fujis and a crate of Braeburns, and no grocery store apple comes anywhere close to comparing to these apples! Both apples are slightly tart, with just the right amount of sweetness, and they shout "Fall" and "Crisp", and "leaves turning colors", "burning wood". They're the perfect thing to take the edge off all the beet trucks crawling through the town, day and night, dropping beets on the road, slowing traffic, and the unease of knowing the drivers work as much as 15 hour shifts and don't have to have commercial drivers' licenses.






I'm in "editing mode" as the weather drives us inward. Maria asked if I'd gotten CS4, and I have. Once I got my new camera, I discovered the data from the D300s could not be uploaded to ACR without an upgrade. But the upgrade only worked with CS4. I could not bear to give up shooting RAW and going back to jpeg! And I'm slowly acquainting myself to all the new features of CS4, and am actually quite excited about learning to use the adjustment brush tool. If it works like I think it will. . . well, I might end up AGAIN editing photos from previous trips!



10 comments:

Laura B. said...

Oh, the things we take for granted...the apples you are in transports over are the ones that grow locally, that are in the stores and on road-side stands and farmers' markets. While you lust for west coast apples, I long for the mid-west MacIntosh and JonaMacs...I guess the apple is always crisper on the other side of the mountain!!

pat said...

Ooops! Signed in as my DD!

Mandy said...

Oh I wish I could taste them right now. I just love Braeburn Apples so much. Crisp, great for eating and juicy. I like them from the grocery store just fine, but it does make me wonder what they taste like right off the truck! Makes me kind of want to go to ND!

Nicki, said...

I grew up on the eastern side of the state (WV) where there are apple orchards and autumn meant kettles of apple butter - talk about fragrant - ummmmm! Bet you guys are getting geared up for winter. If our winter is as wet as our summer has been - we are going to feel like your neighbors - COLD!

Yolanda said...

Yum! Makes me want to bite into a crisp apple.

Amy said...

Yum! These pics scream "Fall!"

Maria said...

I'm so glad you upgraded to CS4! Your new camera deserves it.

David is our apple connoisseur and this year he's discovered Honey Crisp apples. I had never heard of them until recently, but now I feel I should go out and buy an orchard. David is eating 3-4 per day!

Reds said...

I thought your post was about apple picking... ;) :)

Shanna said...

Yum..I would love some fresh picked apples!

Suzy said...

Very cool post, I'd love to come along with Mandy. I could just sit right there on the end of that truck and eat myself sick :).. mmmmm