Tesdell honey

As it turns out, my father’s cousin Severt, who grew up on the farm we live on, produced honey some years ago and had his own honey label. Notice the clover design.

Severt Tesdell's honey label. This is probably from the 1940s.

Severt Tesdell’s honey label. This is probably from the 1940s. Thanks to Barb and Bob Thompson (Severt was his great uncle), for finding this.

Cherry harvest

2013 has turned out to be a good pie cherry year.

2013 has turned out to be a good pie cherry year.

We are picking pie cherries. What are pie cherries? Pie cherries are sour cherries that are generally cooked in pies and other delicacies rather than eaten fresh like sweet cherries. Our variety is called Northstar and is relatively hardy in Iowa, though the trees, at least at our place, are not very long-lived. Our cherries make good pies, but aren’t bad straight off the tree either, if they are really ripe. When I am picking, I have a taste now and then.

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