These photos were taken on my family’s farm on the corner of Peninsula Drive and Kroupa Road – which we’ve always called “The Forty” (40 acres) – across from Peninsula Fruit Exchange.
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My grandma (my Dad’s mom) lived here all the time I was growing up, and during apple season, I would get off the bus here because everyone was in the apple orchard. Here’s a picture of my Mom, Mary Johnson, and grandma, Stella Johnson, with my brother Dean’s dog Duke.
And a picture of my Mom and Dad, Walter and Mary Johnson, in the apple orchard, shortly after they were married in 1946. My southern city-girl Mom is probably wondering what on earth she’d gotten herself into.
And here are the apples blossoming in this same orchard last week…
A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and magazines like Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So of course, I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the Old Mission Peninsula. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb