I have a problem, a dilemma…a cunundrum
Let me explain…
My mother works two jobs, one in our town in Western Washington. One over the mountains in my home town of Yakima. Yakima grows apples.
My mom works for the biggest apple grower in Yakima Valley. She also happens to be best friends with said apple orchardist…thus the reason for her schlepping over the pass every other week to work.
My mom and her boss/friend/apple grower are both in their 70′s, they are both very nice ladies. They both like to pick apples for me.
They pick apples, by hand, from various favorite trees in the orchards. Two little old ladies out picking apples for my family because they love us.
Here is where it gets dicey…
I know what they put on the apples in those orchards…to say they are not organic is an understatement.
Now my mom knows we eat as organically as possible, but she would never tell her friend that I don’t want her apples because they are sprayed…that would hurt her friend.
My mom also knows that I’m frugal…a tightwad if you ask my teenagers.
So I have a bountiful amount of free apples coming in, freshly picked from my mom and friend but I also have the dilemma of should I eat them…should I let my family eat them?
What if I washed them really well and peeled them?
Can I use the peelings in the compost?
I know that these almost 80-year-old orchardists will never ever consider going organic so getting them to try is not even an option…it would be like trying to convince my mom to get a tattoo…not gonna happen!
So there you have it…
Frugality vs. Organic…
The final showdown.
Any words of wisdom you can throw my way???
BTW, I have had this dilemma for almost 10 years… nothing like being on the fence so long your hiney is starting to hurt!
Organic apples from our orchard…not even close to enough for all the applesauce we go through!