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~I~B Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, m Spring blossoms bring bumper crop of apples .... at harvest time By Alicla Higtme Indian Valley Editor Emil Taddei has never seen so many apples in his whole life, and his family moved to the apple-rich Indian Valley when he was a baby in 1929. After af least four years with no apples, Taddei's trees are suddenly weighted down with a bumper crop that will be ready to pick in less than a month. "The Indians around here always used to say that a lot of fruit meant that it would be a hard winter," he said. "We could sure use some moisture." This year, Taddei sacri-. riced the grass to save his trees. Most years, he only has to water the trees late in the summer. Taddei's orchard of apple and pear trees was planted by a boarder back in the 1940s. Since then, Taddei has added two plum trees. The buzz of bees was loud in the orchard this spring. Now, Taddei has a small herd of deer visiting in the evenings. At the beginning of archery season, Taddei had a problem with hunters training their spotlights into his orchard. But after he trained his own spotlight on the hunters, they left and never returned. He enjoys the deer, and the deer enjoy his apples. The deer are also helpful to Taddei, who was not able to prune his trees last year. Each evening, they help by thinning and pruning the bot- toms of each branch. Taddei's renowned parrots help, too. They also enjoy eat- ing apples. Although he has tried retir- ing after more than a dozen years of breeding and train- ing parrots, Taddei still has three breeding pairs and sev- eral pet parrots. One favorite pet is his African Gray Parrot that has at least a 400-word vocabu- lary. The parrot watches the television show, "Cops," with Taddei, and he sings and bobs his head along with the : ..... theme song: "Whatchya gonna do..." "Shut up, you're gonna get J " . in trouble," he says to the other birds when they get ex- cited. When one of them falls off a perch, he has another re- sponse: "What happened, you go boom boom boom?" He also curses at the dogs when they bark. The Amazon Gray is happy and quiet, though, when he has one set of talons clenched on Taddei's arm and the oth- er around half of an apple. Although Taddei has been in the valley and has had ap- ples for more than 50 years, he has never attended the popular Dawn Institute Apple Harvest Festival at the end of October. He just might grab up his wife, Joyce, and some of his bumper crop to check it out Emil Taddei welcomes of all the Ixanches. On November 14, 2001, Feather Publishing Co., Inc. will pub- lish a special supplement entitled "Home For The Holidays. lr This special section is designed for retai e s and their clients. It includes holiday recipes, crafts, traditional and non-traditional holiday activities.., just about everything to make your holiday ] one to remember. * Make sure your customers see your message in this beautiful seasonal publication designed and written especially for Plumas : and Lassen County people. Meet our friends, neighbors and make new acquaintances inside this special issue. Don't miss this opportunity to advertise your holiday specials! [ 283-0800 Deadlines: Tuesday; October 23, 2001 AJicia 284-7800 Jill, Jenni, Laura, Bieen 257-5321 OITOLl I OIT J] [832-4646Denise Westwood PinePress Eileen 256-22T/ > the many deer that have been helping to thin his apple crop by Photos by Alicia I" eating fruit from the Eating like a bird will help use up all the but Emil Taddei's sure love trying. this year. The day of potluck foods apple juice would be The annual apple festival and homespun music lasts in- things to bring, as well. will be at the Dawn Institute to the twilight hours, so folks The orchard is loca apple orchard and communi-are also invited to bring pic- about one mile or so ty center Saturday, Oct. 27. nic blankets, chairs, sweaters the Greenville Wye on I4i Festivities begin about or whatever else will makeway 89. noon, and folks are invited to them comfortable. For more information, pick apples in the orchard or Bottles and jars to f'ill with 224-6036. bring their own. Apple trees all over the valley are so loaded, the dusters grapes. Picky deer chew off one bite of an apple, then let the rest drop on the Mound. Photo by Alicia of fruit almost