September 15th, 2010
G.K. Goes Apple Picking
Posted by Ghenghis Khan
If you’ve been reading Martha’s blog, then you know that it’s been an amazing season for apples here at the farm. All the animals who eat apples are certainly getting their fill. And there are all sorts of great smelling apple desserts being made in the kitchen. Martha wanted apples delivered to the TV studio in New York City, so I jumped in to help out.
1 Uncle Carlos told me that Martha asked him to pick a bushel of apples and bring it to the TV show.
2 I thought I would impress Uncle Carlos and gather all the apples for him! I carefully picked only the best.
3 These apples look perfectly ripe and delicious.
4 Did you know that one bushel of apples weighs about 42-pounds? And just in case you're wondering, a 'peck' of apples weighs 10.5-pounds.
5 Oh, I see Carlos coming. I can hardly contain my excitement!
6 See how happy Carlos is? I think I'm his favorite pup now.
7 Ahh, yes, Uncle Carlos showers so much love! I have achieved the status of apple of his eye!!
8 Now, let me continue - The science of apple growing is called pomology and, as you can see, I am fast becoming a pomologist!
9 Oh, yes! Francesca and Sharkey! I'll bet you didn't know that more than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States.
10 And that, on average, every American eats 19.6 pounds of apples every year.
11 Franny, did you know that in 1730, the first apple nursery was opened in our very own state! Flushing, New York! Why aren't you happy about that?
12 And finally, apples are not self-pollinating. They need bees to pollinate the flowers to form the fruit. It looks like Martha's bees have been very busy this season!
13 OK, girls! Stop sulking! Next time apples need to be picked, I'll ask you to help.
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