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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! 

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Apple Picking - A September Tradition

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

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.

Below you will find a recommendation for my favorite book on apples - don't YOU have a favorite apple book?!?! And a healthy recipe for apple donuts!


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 utilizes 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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