Hi, I'm Jennifer, owner and lead designer at Petals a floral design firm in Boulder, Colorado.  Along with my husband and two children, I  grow my own organic blooms using the greenest and most sustainable processes available.  

This blog is where I explore topics from floral design, wedding planning, organic farming and gardening, sustainable living, and our family's quest to find the perfect farm! 

I'm so glad you are here! 

Jennifer

Apple Picking - A September Tradition

Updated: Sep 13, 2019


Every September we take our kids apple picking. It is a sweet and simple tradition that allows us to talk about SO much. Last May we experienced a late last snowfall that decimated up to 95% of some orchards in the area so this year we had to venture a bit farther afield to find local, organic apples--but it was SO worth it.





If you are a gardening nerd like me AND love apples, I highly recommend Reading Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire. The first fourth of the book looks at the fascinating relationship between people and apples.


Some gems from the book:


- Conventional apple growing utilized more pesticides than any other crop.

- The "apple" of the bible actually translates to "red fruit" and, given the geography, was most likely a pomegranate (Hello Persephone and Hades!)

- Apples became ubiquitous to homesteads across North America not because of apple pie, but because of a continent wide desire for hard apple cider.






Here is a link to my favorite baked apple donut recipe, because well, you have to do something with all those apples! And because you can never just GIVE a kid a donut - what kind of life skills would that the teaching?!?!- here is how I make my kids eat their apple donuts!



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