The apple harvest is underway in northern orchards. Our backyard provided a good crop for everyone. Mom secured enough produce to “put up” apple sauce, apple butter and freezer apples for pies and cobblers.
To complement refrigeration a basement or spring house provided a “climate-controlled” environment for turnips, potatoes, carrots, peaches and apples.
Another location was an abandoned well. Our Dad and Grandfather devised a means of “basketing” apples attached to a rope and lowered into the well above the water line.
An apple urge sent Dad outdoors on a cold winter night. Attempting to retrieve the crisp treat he felt less rope tension and heard the splash. Cold weather above the 14 inch-freeze-line snapped the line.