Archival Anecdotes: Seasons change


August 30, 2021

Three women collect apples, circa 1940. At top is Nellie Dykes, left is Jean Dykes. The woman at right is unidentified. Photo is part of the Lorrian Dykes photo collection at Eddy County Museum.

Once upon a time, before the craze of all things pumpkin spice, apples were the food that signaled a welcome change from the hot summer days to crisp autumn evenings. People embraced the crisp autumn air and joyfully collected apples - much like the women in the photograph.

There are some 2,500 varieties of apples growing in the United States, whether cultivated or in the wild. Cultivated var...

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