Do you go to an orchard in the fall? We have a few apples trees and a pear tree and every year we pick them and 'put them up' (meaning freeze/can/store). This year the trees were exceptionally bountiful. I don't know what kind of weather conditions make for a perfect apple year.....but this year was great. After several days of picking and processing, I now have 25 gallons of apples and 6 gallons of pears in my freezer. I also have several quarts of pears sitting in my cupboard. What a good feeling!