Thursday, September 30, 2010

Apple Harvest Time

At this point in the year, the Annapolis Valley's apple harvest is well under way. In my world, few things exceed the pleasure of biting into the first gravenstine apple of the season. There is something about the crisp texture and sweet / tart flavour of a good apple that just cannot be topped. Well, now that I think of it, perhaps the season's first bite of apple pie also merits some consideration. For a variety of reasons apple harvest time really is one of the best times to live in the Annapolis Valley.

The photographs in this post come from the Sidney Payne collection in the Annapolis Heritage Society Archives. Born in England, Sidney Payne moved to Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia as a young man. From 1920 until 1947 he worked as the laboratory photographer for the Dominion Entomology Laboratory on Grange Street in Annapolis Royal. The archival collection documents many of his activities with the apple industry.

Note the traditional apple picking equipment being used in these photographs. The pickers are all carrying baskets made by the local Mi'Kmaq community. These woven baskets are made from sections of split white ash. Once the apples were picked, they were stored and shipped in wooden apple barrels. The cooperages which produced these barrels were once common features on the Annapolis County landscape.

All for now,

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