Friday, October 28, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington, United States. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street. With more than 10 million visitors annually, Pike Place Market is Seattle's most popular tourist destination and is the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
We identified ourselves as Minnesotans to this man (whose name I didn't record and have since forgotten--forgive me!), and we talked about the the development of Honeycrisp and Sweet Tango Apples. He thanked us and the University of Minnesota and cooperative apple growers for giving the apple world these wonderful fruit!.
Honeycrisp (Malus domestica 'Honeycrisp') is an apple cultivar (cultivated variety) developed at the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station's Horticultural Research Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Designated in 1974 with the MN 1711 test designation, patented in 1988, and released in 1991, the Honeycrisp, once slated to be discarded, has rapidly become a prized commercial commodity, as its sweetness, firmness, and tartness make it an ideal apple for eating raw. It has much larger cells than most apples, which rupture when bitten to fill the mouth with juice. The Honeycrisp also retains its pigment well and boasts a relatively long shelf life when stored in cool, dry conditions.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
This is how it all began: a trip to Seattle from St. Paul!
Because DH and I had not been on a train for several decades, we decided to take the Empire Builder. The staff on the train were remarkably friendly, effiicient and they worked incredibly hard for long hours. Our compartment looked great in the brochure, but in reality it is very teeny-tiny. The couch makes up into a bed and a bunk comes down from the ceiling. Pretty cramped quarters. It was "a fun" experience because of the passing scenery and the friendly passengers you meet on the train, but once was enough!
PS. On the last day in Seattle, I lost the journal you see on the table in the compartment. Sad!