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    Hints of Balsam and Pine  from our  corner of the Adirondacks. Adirondack Letters
    No.26: Apples.
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    Subject: Apples.
    Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 20:09:13
    From: Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)
    To:    Fourpeaks Visitors
    At:    < youremailname@youremail.address >

    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 for show.

    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! CLICK NOW for a no-obligation free detailed rental offer well suited to the season, your personal interests and budget. I'd like to help make the natural beauty of the Adirondack backcountry a part of your vacation experience.

               Your Adirondack Guide,

               Martin Schwalbaum

             Member Whiteface Mountain Visitors Bureau           
          Member Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau

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