Crab Apples (25)

//Crab Apples (25)

Crab Apples (25)

The trees are bursting with crab apples,
Hard and red and reticent as their namesake,
Thousands for the picking, if one enjoys eating
Sour rocks. The hardscrabble fruits of our

Ancestors: Wild persimmon, rhubarb,
Damson plum—ultra-tart until boiled, stirred,
Sweetened, canned, conjured comestible
With the alchemy of sugar, trophic and treasured.

Still, today, here’s a tree awash in fruit and,
To be sure, nothing will happen; nothing
More than noticing, that is, such outrageous
Abundance, sequestered from subsoil.

No nostalgia, the pantries of my childhood! Golden
Rims gleaming, ruby jams, carmine jellies; now,
The same fruit, round and reliable as Jupiter, is left
Hanging in the southeast sky; so bright, so unavailable.

By | 2019-10-19T09:53:11-05:00 July 15th, 2019|Farm|3 Comments

About the Author:

Forrest Pritchard is a full-time sustainable farmer and New York Times bestselling author, holding a BA in English and a BS in Geology from William & Mary. Smith Meadows, his farm, was one of the first “grass finished” operations in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in the Washington DC area for two decades. Pritchard's books have received starred reviews from The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, NPR, and more.


  1. Margaret July 16, 2019 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I love it when I learn an important new word (trophic). Thanks for evoking a treasured past while lamenting our somehow impoverished present in a way which grounds and inspires me. Keep all these amazing words — old and new — coming!

    • Forrest Pritchard July 17, 2019 at 8:35 am

      Haha yes, plucked that one from the back of my mind, to alliterate with “treasured”… trying “trophic trophies” would have been too much 🙂

  2. Hilary July 23, 2019 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    I adore crabapples. I suddenly own a tree that grows apples like crabapples but big as Jonathans. I’m glad someone treasures crabapples as I do, as I no longer ever see them for sale.

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