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Pat Shingleton: "An Apple A Day Keeps..."

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago September 28, 2013 Sep 28, 2013 Saturday, September 28 2013 September 28, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

The apple harvest is underway in northern orchards. Our backyard contained trees with adjacent lots sharing a good crop for all. The harvest afforded Mom with enough produce to "put up" apple sauce, apple butter and freezer apples for pies and cobblers. To compliment refrigeration, a basement or spring house provided a "climate controlled" environment for additional vegetables. An abandoned well offered another storage location whereby our Dad and Grandfather "basketed" apples, attached to a rope, lowered into the well; above the water line. A winter "apple urge" sent my Dad outdoors on a cold winter night. Retrieving a crisp apple he felt less rope tension and heard the splash. Freezing weather, above the 14" freeze-line, snapped the rope.

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