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.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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