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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tarnished "Windfall"

Slim Pickings
I really never stopped to think about the origin of the word "windfall"; like most people, my association with the word is positive (who wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of a "financial windfall?").

So, it was dismaying to discover while apple picking last weekend that "windfall" -- at least when it comes to apples -- is just another euphemism.

In this case, it's what the orchard called the rotting, leftover apples on the ground.

Even at a deeply discounted price per bag, I didn't see the orchard getting any takers (we didn't).

P.S.: we heard from several people that 2010 was a tough year generally for Minnesota apple growers, apparently because of poor Spring weather.

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