You might have noticed that Gogovivi has been a little quiet since we returned to the U.S. Like my family, this blog is in a period of transition. I have been thinking a lot about its future; in some ways I think it may have come to the end of its natural life with our return home. After all, I started Gogovivi as a way to keep friends and family in touch with Vivian and the rest of us when we were overseas. Now that we are home, I am not sure of its purpose.
I have also been developing the idea for a new blog that has been eating most of my blog energy.
But enough of that; on to the apples!
I will admit it; we overpicked. 90 lbs of Gravensteins was WAY over the top, but by the time I realized how far our pickings had exceeded any reasonable harvest for a family of three, I was already comitted to 90 cents per pound and too embarassed to ask if some of the apples could be sold to someone else.
We overpicked because it was such a perfectly perfect Portland day, the kind I used to dream of fondly while I was sweating in Qingdao's foggy summer, and I never wanted it to end.
We overpicked because as we roamed the orchard, I indulged in the fond memory of one of my most special days in China, the day Vivian and I went to Xiao Li's family's village home and visited an orchard on the other end of the world, overpicking again, but for different reasons.
We overpicked because we were both in such a good mood and I had such an enthusiastic helper.
We overpicked because it was the last day of the u-pick season at Jossy Farms and it seemed a shame to let the apples fall.
We overpicked because I had dreams of pies, applesauce, and apple butter.
- 90 lbs of apples @ 85 cents per = $77 spent on apples.
- 30 lbs given away to friends
- 24 apple turnovers in freezer
- 1 fresh apple pie
- 8 apple pie fillings in freezer ready to go
- 3 quarts of sliced apples in freezer
- 4 pints of apple butter
- 16 pints of applesauce
- Two weeks to get all the apples taken care of and eliminate the clouds of fruit flies in the kitchen.