Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Our Braeburns

We recently adopted 62 Braeburn Apple Trees. We requested Braeburns in honor of our second child's middle name (for those of you that don't know, upon finding out I was pregnant Eason insisted we name the baby apple and kept it up for the entire pregnancy. We decided to honor his choice, but alter it a bit to fit our eight letter middle name requirement). An apple ranch near us, Sierra Glen, decided to try a co-op option and we were lucky enough to get in on it. We are responsible for the trimming, thinning and harvesting of the apples. They take care of the watering, pest management (although they are organic, so that's minimal) and selling the apples. In return for our work we receive lots of apples and a cut in any profits that the apples may procure.

The apples are sold at a few specialty markets in the Bay Area, one being The Monterey Market and the other Berkeley Bowl. I was pleasantly surprised to see both grocers referred to in a book about Alice Waters (Alice Waters & Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution) and David Masumoto's book (Epitaph for a Peach, Four Seasons on my Family Farm) . Both excellent books about farming and the local/organic food movement. Check out the Sierra Glen website, it's a great place to be able to spend a sunny afternoon.

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