The Baranov Museum’s apple tree produced fruit for the first time in decades. The tree is probably more than 100 years old. A late 1920s photo of the area shows a small apple tree that looked about 15 years old. Pat Holmes, with the Kodiak Historical Society, said he couldn’t remember a time during his decades in Kodiak that it has produced fruit. He theorizes that the warm early spring with few storms was a major factor.
1: The City of Kodiak sends a man lift and Public Works employees to the museum to pick the apples.
2: Holmes expected the tree’s yield was about half a bushel, enough to make several pies.
3. Holmes cuts into one of the apples from the tree. The apples were a little tart, but delicious.
4. A pile of the best-looking apples.
5. A few red apples can be seen among the leaves of the tree.
(Julia Herrmann photo)
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