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.

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Uncle Carlos told me that Martha asked him to pick a bushel of apples and bring it to the TV show.

1 Uncle Carlos told me that Martha asked him to pick a bushel of apples and bring it to the TV show.

I thought I would impress Uncle Carlos and gather all the apples for him!  I carefully picked only the best.

2 I thought I would impress Uncle Carlos and gather all the apples for him! I carefully picked only the best.

These apples look perfectly ripe and delicious.

3 These apples look perfectly ripe and delicious.

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.

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.

Oh, I see Carlos coming.  I can hardly contain my excitement!

5 Oh, I see Carlos coming. I can hardly contain my excitement!

See how happy Carlos is?  I think I'm his favorite pup now.

6 See how happy Carlos is? I think I'm his favorite pup now.

Ahh, yes, Uncle Carlos showers so much love!  I have achieved the status of apple of his eye!!

7 Ahh, yes, Uncle Carlos showers so much love! I have achieved the status of apple of his eye!!

Now, let me continue - The science of apple growing is called pomology and, as you can see, I am fast becoming a pomologist!

8 Now, let me continue - The science of apple growing is called pomology and, as you can see, I am fast becoming a pomologist!

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.

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.

And that, on average, every American eats 19.6 pounds of apples every year.

10 And that, on average, every American eats 19.6 pounds of apples every year.

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?

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?

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!

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!

OK, girls!  Stop sulking!  Next time apples need to be picked, I'll ask you to help.

13 OK, girls! Stop sulking! Next time apples need to be picked, I'll ask you to help.

Comments (11)

  • G.K. great job on the apple picking but don't get crazy about being the apple of Uncle Carlos's eye. Uncle Carlos has two eyes and Franny is in one and Sharkey in the other :)

    Hey have you ever tried an apple? They are pretty good snacks. My mom buys us dried apples in a bag plus we always get a slice of apple when she is having one, they are YUMMY. Nothing better than a fresh picked apple. In fact she better get baking the kids went apple picking Saturday and we have lots of apples. I see a few pies in my future.

    Zoe

  • Wow G.K., you sure are maturing into a very nice boy. And so helpful too. You are such a hard working puppy. Keep up the good work.

  • Good Morning GK: WOW! That's alot of apples and they are soooo beautiful. I bet my momma would like to have some of those. Hmmmmm....maybe she would give me a taste or two. Maybe some dried pieces like Zoe got to eat. I think it would be swell to be in the orchard and walk along with momma as we picked the apples for pies and juice. I can't have any pie mom? Oh well, Hmmmmmph!!!

    Daddy is feeling and looking better today. Momma said he is having a hard time with these skin cancers but that I am doing a great job taking care of him and watching him while she is at work.

    Right now I am getting ready to have an early morning nap and a snack of course. Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Hello G.K. and Ladies,
    Looks as though you are a big help to Uncle Carlos. Don't go thinking you are his favorite. He loves those little French sweeties just as much. You are growing up very handsomely I must say though. We have an apple tree, but more for making Apple Butter and Sauce, Mom says. That will be soon and be the last of the canning.

    Yesterday was very busy around here with more of the install of our new kitchen granite. They make alot of noise so Mom puts me up in the bedroom so I don't get upset. I did have to go out at one point and you know what one of the workers called me????? They thought I was a fat chihuahua. Can you believe that one? I am not that, but a fit Frenchie. Mom told them so. Today they won't be using their noise tools Mom says, so I get to be downstairs with her, and they will see what smart Frenchies are all about. Imagine, fat, me, I am nothing but muscle and fit. Hopefully we will be getting the house back to normal soon, and I can relax. Have a great Wednesday.

    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • My Mom is always telling me that she loves me "a bushel and a peck" (an expression she learned from her grandmother) so now I have some idea what that means, measurement-wise. I will have to give her a good face-licking when I end this message. G.K., your pom-pom look (helped by the use of a nice pomade, I'm sure) makes the title of "Pomologist" befitting! I'm sure F&S are jealous, but hey, we guys rate titles too!
    Bye!

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too GK you hard working fellow. I’ll bet that when you get to the apple tree, you just give it a big shake and the apples come falling down. Oh, you don’t shake the trees. Then how do you climb up there to get those apples. Dogs don’t climb very well. Now, on the other hand, cats are good at climbing. Do they help you? Now that I have looked up “apple picking” on the “net,” I see that you use a long pole with, what looks like long fingers, to pull the apple from the tree. Now that is one job that I could do; need any help GK? All this talk about work has made me tired. Time for my nap.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • GK You and your apples are looking totally delicious,this is Melly , Cherrys busy .When I saw your pic I just couldn"t stay away! Mom says I'm retired, but ..... Do you get green beans? I love green beans and peas,my daddy grows them just for us!I think I love you too GK ,oh no here comes my man Bo . gotta run .Love Toasted Marshmellow

  • Hi G.K., So very nice to see you and read your blog today! My Mom and I read Martha's blog daily and enjoy it so very much! Her blog today was super and so is yours! You sure did a great job picking those apples and I'll bet everyone at the studio loved them! These photos are so wonderful to look at and enjoy! I'm sure F.&S. would love to pick apples with you next time and so would I! My Mom gives me bites of her apple when she eats one and I love them! Have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • GK you are one one lucky boy! How much fun you must have on that gorgeous farm and you get to pick apples too. I'm sure Uncle loves all three of you very much but he's the lucky one. Imagine getting to spend every day with you wonderful pups. I'm sure F & S will get over their pouting once they hit the studio and the cameras start flashing. :lol:

  • What does a 'bushel' of GK weigh?? :)

    Thanks for the very informative apple info.

    I see Uncle Carlos shirt matched the apples!

    gail

  • Oh wow...Uncle Carlos, can you send me a coulpe of those apples? I have not had a decent apple this year...so nice to see apple pikin pups!

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