the state

– of apples. by jhumphrey
Monday, 13 October 2008, 18:00
Filed under: -of eats, -of jhumphrey

we met some pretty great folks selling apples on the outskirts of waynesboro’s fall foliage festival on saturday.

they were so great, in fact, that i walked away with a half-bushel of arkansas black twigs, granny smiths, and virginia golds.   a huge box full of no-spray, organically grown, local apples for $18.  i was happy.  happier still, when, randy:

told me that my apples would last until march if i kept them cool and out of the fridge.  being a bit of an apple-virgin, i was completely impressed by this information.

i got it into my head that i was going to make some applesauce (have i ever canned before?  no…), so brian:

told me to try the arkasas black twig variety for this purpose.  i was – no surprise – easily impressed by the apples’ red-purple-black skin and the fact that it dates back to 1820 (see below):

you too can get some apples.  go see brian, randy, and the rest of the turner family in staunton on west beverly street.  as far as we could tell, “mama” turner runs the operation from her seat in the shade. she probably knows how to make some applesauce…


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