Friday, September 18, 2015

Apples: Farmgirl Sisterhood Friday Post 16

A Visit to the Apple Orchard

Farmgirl Sisterhood Friday Post 16


I am very lucky to live in the “Apple Valley” of West Virginia. I suspect the name came from the numerous apple orchids that surround my home. 

In 1920, the C.H. Musselman Company of Biglerville, Pennsylvania, opened an apple processing plant at Inwood. This was convenient to the many apple orchards of the Shenandoah Valley and the former Cumberland Valley Railroad, by this time part of the Pennsylvania Railroad line. 

By the late 1920s, the Musselman plant in Inwood exclusively produced apple sauce, the first apple processing plant of its kind. 

This plant is less than 4 miles from my house. Unfortunately, the Musselman factory eventually changed hands several times before being closed by Knouse Foods in 2008. 


It was once said that you could smell apple vinegar in the air. 

The Middle and High school are even named after Musselman. 

 We even have an apple blossom and harvest parade. Yet, most at this time of the year are excitedly picking apples. 



Fuji apples are my favorite and Honey Crips apples make the best applesauce. I love walking in between the rows of apple trees. Golden delicious on one side and McIntosh apples on the other. I especially like visiting Orr’s Farmers market. The Orr family grows over 450 acres of apples and over 25 varieties


On a clear day you can see the mountains. Moreover, nothing is more beautiful in fall than a fully loaded apple tree. They are known far and wide for our great selection and quality of apples. 



Oh and they make wonderful apple donuts! As you can imagine, I will be rather busy this week with my purchase of apples. Wait till you see what I am going to make! 



Apples bring our local community together. The scouts gather at the church and make Apple butter. Contest over who makes the best pie are posted at farmer markets and the library.  


Jams and baked treats are shared with neighbors. Stories, poems, and songs are shared. Mamaw's Apple Butter Poem was a delightful find on YouTube. I also enjoyed the Apple Pie poem  above by Stav Meishar. 



Jeffrey Stepakoff  says it best.....

 “An apple tree is just like a person. In order to thrive, it needs companionship that's similar to it in some ways, but quite different than others.” 

All Photos taken by Ginger Dawn Harman

We are very much like an apple. Now that is a bounty of goodness no matter what variety we come from. 


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