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Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 20:09:13
From: Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)
To: Fourpeaks Visitors
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Dear Fourpeaks Visitor,
By the time I make it over to Sugar Camp it's late afternoon, and
they've already been for a woods walk and a swim in the river.
Over the boisterous dog greetings I learn the camp is OK for them,
the new trail to Blueberry is fun and easy to follow and one of
the trees nearby has especially large fruit. On the way out I look
carefully at the familiar row of gnarled veterans along the road.
Maybe Rich meant the lone apple by the brook, or another at the
old Sugar House ruin.
There are many apples here at Fourpeaks. All the former homesites
have them. Bert Williams, Halsey Straight, Hamilton and the rest.
I'll show you when you're here. They had to have been planted from
store bought stock at some point, but I'm sure the rest of them
propogated naturally as apples do, and folks tended them for the
fruit. These wild apples are a mixed breed. No two trees alike in
general appearance, or fruit color and shape. What they have in
common, from their ancient origins, are small size, hard pulp,
oh-so refreshing taste and a long life in the cellar for Winter
enjoyment. So unlike the genetically engineered and sprayed
varieties in the supermarkets today, perfect piles of them, made
A cousin I never knew makes it here from Moscow in the 90's.
Visiting me at my dacha, when I show him around, he's amazed at
the precious produce, and he takes me with blankets and baskets
for a harvest. The trees by the cellar at the farm were then not
as stout as they are today. He fairly shakes the three of them
clean and looks over the drops as well for what is sound. The
pleasure shared at our apple gathering that day gives me a sense
of what it was like for the ancestors of the land years ago. Full
trees, full gardens, berries and butternuts for the picking. At
dinner, honey apple compote with dried plums.
The skin isn't smooth like a picture apple. There may be a black
spot here or there, fungal in nature or a brown scab. A powdery
mildew. All this is literally skin deep. I have never seen the
proverbial worm in an apple. Also the shape of them is rarely
perfectly globular, as the wild genes in them have not been
reshaped for that. The proportion of core and seed, the business
end, to pulp is greater compared to a commercial apple. The pulp
is firm and crisp.
Yesterday Fred and Junior help me ferry two of my vehicles from
their shop in AuSable. On the way back out I stop and offer them
some of the bright reds by the gate, the hoary limbs heavy laden
to the top. We pick a few and sample them. I expound a bit on the
virtues of these oldtime varieties. Home late afternoon I find a
grassy spot and take the hot sun on my face. George is somewhere
nearby. I must have napped. Walking close in through brush to get
some photos to show you, I notice the fruit is larger than I ever
remember. Maybe it's all the rainfall we had.
They're tight on the tree today and they'll stay that way a while.
If you hurry you'll make it in time to taste all this yourself!
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