This agrarian industriousness runs in their blood. They were both born and raised on Amish farms in the large Amish community found in northeast OH.
Soon after they married they heard the gospel of grace and received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. This gospel of grace was not compatible with the teachings of the Amish church so they left all that was familiar and set out to follow their new faith. Their early years together were not easy. Their families do not respect their decision to leave the Amish church so this caused much tension with family relationships. On top of that their first daughter, Cynthia, died in infancy. But they persevered in their new faith and sixty some years later they can look back on God's goodness and faithfulness to them, their six children and umpteen grandchildren. I'm blessed to call them "Mom and Dad".
Just to be clear. These apples were not the quality of what you would buy in the store. Less than 10% were fit for eating, apple pies etc. But that was ok. Marla already had her homemade applesauce on the pantry shelves. These apples primarily went toward providing a little delectable diversity to the normally bland diet of the steer and the three not-so-little pigs. They thoroughly enjoyed this new addition to their diet for a few weeks.
As for or the apples that were fit for human consumption, they were turned into apple pie filling. So in order to have fresh apple pie in the middle of winter all Marla has to do is make a pie crust and fill it with a jar of already made apple pie filling. (My mouth is watering as I write this.) Another dish that was served up was "fried apples". (Appropriate for the Frey household). The day the apples were picked they were brought into the house at approximately 4:30 pm. Thanks to Anna, they were on the supper table at 5:30. Now that's fresh and local! !
CHICKENS TO THE BUTCHER
Agrarian blessings to you my friend! ! Until next time...