Sunday, September 10, 2006

Apple Harvest Party



Today we had an apple harvest party in the cool root cellar that is part of our house. Much of our house is built into the hillside. The root cellar is into the hillside, basically mostly underground, with no windows. It stays cool in the summer and makes a comfortable place to work.


Shelda came from Marietta, Ohio to help. Chaitanya Bhagavat and Jason came, and Kevin showed up too. Shelda attended our Harvest Workshop last year and ever since then has been coming to the farm to volunteer her services. She really likes cows and cow protection and has adopted Dwadasi. Chaitanya is now living in the cabin on our farm and is being trained by Balabhadra in self-sufficient skills. Jason has been living at New Vrindaban for the summer and is coming to the ISCOWP farm to learn what he can from Balabhadra. Kevin stayed with us 10 years ago; training with Balabhadra and helping us get established here at the ISCOWP farm. He has now just moved back into the area.



We had two apple peelers operating. You stick the apple on the prong, turn the hand crank and the peels fall away and a beautiful spiraled apple is left. You can adjust the hand machine for different sizes of apples. Then you put the apple in a solution of water and lemon to prevent discoloring. Cut the apple spiral and either put the apple pieces on a drying rack or in the cooker to make applesauce or apple butter. We made a lot of dried apples because you can use them later to make apple pie and other baked apple preparations during the seasons when there are no fresh apples. We also made 48 pints of applesauce.





Of course the best part is when we offer the applesauce and dried apples to Lord Krsna and then taste the FRUIT of our labor!

1 comment:

Madhava Gosh said...

That's the good stuff -- the daily pulse of the farm. I'm waiting for the cider party. Put me at the head of the line if any of that becomes available!