Today’s Photo of the Day is courtesy of these Johnson Farms apples on a parcel of land we call “The 40.” I believe these particular apples might be the much-beloved Honeycrisps (jump in here, farmers), and my brothers say they’ll start picking in the next week or two.
You can already find Cortland apples on the farm stand just north of Mapleton about a half-mile on the right (where the cherry cooling pad is located).
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When my parents, Walter and Mary Johnson, got married in 1946 and moved into the old farmhouse across from the home barn (again, just north of Mapleton), my grandparents, Lester and Stella Johnson, moved into a house on the corner of Peninsula Drive and Kroupa Road, across from the Peninsula Fruit Exchange (now owned by Seneca Foods).
That house and property are still in the family, and they grow a variety of apples there. I’m still getting used to the newer way of growing apples – “close plantings” – because when I was a kid, the apple trees grew to a massive size, and we’d have to haul out the “peekaboo” ladders to pick them.
I’m sure the pickers are thankful for this new way of growing apples, where the trees are planted close together, bolstered by poles and wires, and don’t grow to a ridiculous size.