Friday, August 12, 2011

Apples Are In-Supporting the Local Growers

Apples are just coming in locally and I love it. Wednesday I bought a bushel (in a box) of gala "seconds" for $10. Amazing deal. The local growers is in South Carolina, and very good people to do business with. So friendly!

Gala apples are an early variety. Sweet and crunchy, they make excellent cider, applesauce, dried apples and just plain old snackin'. Seconds means they may have a slight blemish, be a little smaller than "normal" have a tiny bruise, or basically anything less than picture perfect.
That all suits me fine cause I'll be processing them anyways.

While I'm at it, might as well try the solar approach. With this sunshine and heat, the back window of my Geo provides a perfect testing ground.
Photos here include apples sliced for dried apples. A two quart mason jar with diced apples for applesauce. Naturally sweet, the applesauce will only need some cinnamon and a bit of salt added once they are solar cooked to perfection.

My garden is doing great if you count the marigolds! I decided to dry a few for winter floral arrangement.


  1. They should be opening the apple barns in Ellijay, Jaspar, Clarkesville and Cornelia before long.

  2. I am so going to pull the SUV into the sun and try the window drying thing.