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Apple A Day

I suggested a number of ways to save on energy costs and stretch a dollar. I asked for ideas. Here is one I had not considered. Apparently, there are apple orchards in Maine that allow you to “buy” or “rent” a tree for $40/ year. The orchard cares for it but when the fruit arrives, you get the yield. You can rent the same tree every year or do a McIntosh one year, a Cortland another or other variety. But, all the apples belong to you and you and can be  picked at will.

There is a Chick’s Orchard in Monmouth, Maine that rents a tree for $40 – $50 per year. Has anyone else heard of renting an apple, orange, pear or other tree? Is this unique to Maine? This is certainly a down to earth way of buying apples and turning them into a healthy snack, pies, apple sauce, etc. that will last an entire year. 

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If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

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