100_5533aYou might remember that we rented two apple trees this year.  We picked the first, a Paula Red, in August and got 94 pounds of apples.  We processed them all into applesauce and apple butter.

We got the notice last weekend that our Rome apple tree was ready for picking.  With the Paula Red, we waited 7 days after we got the notice to go pick, and many of the apples were already on the ground.  This time we headed out within 3 days.

Let me tell you, picking an apple tree isn’t like a Norman Rockwell painting.  While I pictured peaceful orchards and the whole family picking apples, reality was a little different.

The orchard was peaceful, but before I had even picked my first apple, a bee had stung me.  I haven’t been stung since I was little, and I forgot how much it hurts!  I’m still itching tonight.  That was enough for the kids to make a mad dash for the car.  Luckily Bookworm occupied the girls, but they still kept running and screaming any time a bee came near.

This tree, too, was surrounded by poison ivy, but we came prepared with socks over our jeans so no skin was exposed.  It was a stylish look, let me tell you!

100_5536Still, our tree was HUGE.  My husband and I picked for 75 minutes.  We brought 7 boxes to put the apples in, but that wasn’t enough!  We had to leave some apples on the tree that we couldn’t reach.

When we got home and weighed the apples, we were both shocked!

We had picked 209 pounds of apples!

How much did we pay to rent our organic apple tree?  Only $55.  That means we paid .26/pound for our organic apples.  Even better, Rome apples stay good in the refrigerator for months, so we don’t anticipate buying apples for quite some time.

100_5538Check this out–our apartment has a “spare” refrigerator downstairs.  We completely filled it with the apples we picked, and not all of them fit in there!  We still have another box that didn’t fit!

We’ll sort through them this weekend.  I’ll have another post in a few weeks sharing what we did with all of these apples.

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