Tehachapi is the land of four seasons. It is a good place to grow apples, lilacs, peonies, berries, grapes, etc. Ha's Apple Farm is near us. Some of you may be familiar with their apples from visiting the farmers markets in Los Angeles. I met Mr. and Mrs. Ha for the first time at the Pasadena Farmers Market. I went up to introduce myself as their new neighbor in Tehachapi. Some of the locals in Tehachapi think we are Mr. and Mrs. Ha. Not too many Asians live there. I don't mind being mistaken as one of the Has. They produce beautiful apples and pears.
The former owners of our ranch didn't get around to pruning our apple trees last year. We have about six. There is a lot of fruit on the trees but I don't expect them to get very big. The deer have been coming into our property to check on the apples nearly everyday. So they must think they are good. One branch of the tree broke off this morning. Sakai brought it back to Pasadena. It had more than fifty small apples on it. No wonder. They are still too tart, but maybe I can make applesauce or tart tatin with it. It's going to be a lot of work to peel them but I can't wait to taste our first apples.