An Apple Picking Story
While in Cheongsong for the Apple Festival of course apples needed to be picked.
The tour provided by the Korean Tourism Organization allowed us to head to an orchard that had been picked clean of apples save two rows just for us.
We arrived on the grounds to eyefuls of crates and crates of luscious reddening apples ready to be sold to the happy sweet apple loving public, but no farmer in sight. An old grandmother across the dirt road yelled in her scraggly voice to me as I took photos of leaves that the farmer wasn’t here as she’d gone to the festival that we’d ourselves just arrived from. “What was that? She’s gone, you say? Okay,” I said, as I waved to our fearless leader to greet the grandmother and gain other valuable information that the grandmother might have.The old grandmother came over to see what this group of misfits was up to in this orchard of delicious Cheongsong apples and our fearless leaders explained they’d tried to call ahead, but the farmer had not answered. As it was quite the debacle and we were in a time crunch, our fearless leaders asked the grandmother if she would be willing to explain how to properly pick a peck of perfect apples so that we could get underway.With so many perfect pungent apples in the orchard to pick, we followed our leaders and the old grandmother into the orchard with our cardboard boxes ready to fill. She spoke in a way only an old Korean grandmother can, short and maybe not so sweet, but to the point and then as soon as she’d begun she turned around and walked away. It was the simplest of explanations we’d heard on the entire tour. “Find an apple that looks good, pull up and there.” And so we set right to work to find our five fresh fruity apples.
Of course as apple picking is not the most common predicament we find ourselves in, there were photos galore to show how much fun apple picking can truly be when it’s not something you do everyday and just so that we have options in the future, should we decide to, here are two that are clearly meant to be CD covers when we decide to jam together and subsequently record a CD.
The apples in Cheongsong were delicious and the festival was fun. There wasn’t much more to ask of this fruitful expedition into Cheongsong county.