GRANDMOTHER APPLE TREE & HER BOUNTY

When we first moved to our home here in West Bath, the old apple tree, next to the driveway, appeared to be almost dead.  My son Brian is a climbing arborist, with an amazing connection with trees.  He did a radical regenerative pruning of the old tree. Sculpting it beautifully, like he once shaped miniature bonsai trees.  For years afterwards, she would put out a few motley looking apples which would drop off her in July.

But last fall she came full circle, laden with such incredible abundance.

Vibrant and fruitful, she yielded eight bushels of fully ripe apples in addition to feeding grandchildren, visitors, and wildlife.

Grandmother Apple Tree Fall 2015 yeilding 8 bushel

Her apples don’t look like much but the taste!!!!  But they are the ultimate in sweetness.

Nerissa Blissed out at the taste of Grandmother Apple Tree's apples

Nerissa Blissed out at the taste of Grandmother Apple Tree’s apples

Amazing sweet apples from Grandmother Apple Tree

Amazing sweet apples from Grandmother Apple Tree

apple sauce & apple juice in pantry fall 2015

Applesauce & Apple juice in pantry fall 2015

I put up 38 quarts of applesauce, in addition to the quarts given away, of the tastiest applesauce I ever made with nothing added, NO sweetener, NOT spiced – JUST PURE APPLESAUCE- THE BEST I HAVE EVER TASTED.

Also, I put up 42 quarts of amazing apple juice and 14 12 oz. jars of apple butter.

LOVE THIS APPLE TREE.  Here she is dormant in winter sleep.

Grandmother Apple Tree in her winter sleep

Grandmother Apple Tree in her winter sleep