Apple Fest

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Our 8th Annual Heirloom Apple Tasting will be in 2016. In 2014 I put all my spare time into writing a book on honeybees. My bee book was published in January 2015 and to celebrate, we held a three-day HoneyBee Conference in August 2015. That was a BIG push! So we decided there were too many things on our plate to prepare for and host an Apple Festival soon after but we’ll do one in 2016 instead. Thanks for holding on until next year. We love holding this event and hope to see you there. To make sure you know the details about it, please sign up for our farm newsletter (link on the sidebar). — Jacqueline

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Thank you everyone, for attending our 7th Annual Heirloom Apple Tasting. Here’s the post about it:

We had 200+ different and unusual varieties to sample and nearly all of them were delicious. Apples can taste like honey, bananas, even strawberries while some of the tart cider apples will pucker up your mouth like you just sucked on a lemon. Other apples smell like roses and pineapples. Some are long and narrow, some have red flesh and purple skin, others are white as snow. Some are breeds from the 1600s and a few have been around longer than that even. Everyone was able to sample as many as they wanted by pointing at an apple so we could cut a slice.

The event was held at the 78th St. Heritage Farm

Taste 200 different apples $5 (16 or under FREE)

All other activities are FREE!


10am – Different Kinds of Apple Pie Fillings: Master Food Preservers

11am – Grow Apple Trees & an Orchard: Home Orchard Society

noon – Plant a Garden for Pollinators (so we keep having apples): Naturescaping

1pm – Delicious Ways to Preserve Apples: Master Food Preservers

2pm – Heirloom Apple History & Stories — Jacqueline Freeman


Apple Identification — Home Orchard Society

Taste 200+ Apples — Friendly Haven Rise Farm

Make an Apple Pie — Friendly Haven Rise Farm

Cider-Making, See & Taste — Linda & George Parsons

Buy Unusual Apples & Pears to take Home — Home Orchard Society


Cast your vote for best flavor, prettiest, most unusual shape, tartest, sweetest, best scent and strangest flavor. We’ve got them all.

If you have old apple trees growing in your backyard we’ll do our best to identify them. A few years ago we found an old variety on our farm, the Gideon Sweet, that was thought to be extinct!

In the past Clark County was known for being an excellent fruit-growing community. Apple trees can grow for 80-100 years so the old varieties planted in our early days are coming up on the end of their time. If these trees are identified and branches from the old trees grafted onto new tree stock, these varieties will continue. We’d like to encourage people who have (or know of) an old apple tree to bring a few apples in so we can look at them. At last year’s apple event some rare apple varieties were identified. Once an old breed dies, it’s gone forever. Let’s not let that happen. Many more “previously unknown” varieties were named so the tree owners now know the type.

If you’d like your apples identified

Bring 5 apples from each tree. Put each tree’s apples in a separate paper bag labeled with your name, phone number and the location of the tree. Don’t wash or polish them because some of the characteristics are in the skin’s bloom. Our apple ID crew from the Home Orchard Society will do their magic. You can even join HOS while you’re here. We all get excited about finding forgotten breeds. Great folks!


What can you do at the Apple Fest?

Taste more than 200 different apples

Get your apple trees identified so you know what they are

Watch cider pressed the old fashioned way

See a young orchard and learn how to grow your own apple trees

Figure out what to do with apples besides make pies

Watch apple pie demos by local pie-making experts and learn their secrets

Make an apple pie to bake at home!


Every activity is FREE except for tasting the apples. That costs $5 and adult-accompanied kids under 16 are free. Donations from the profits go to the 78th St. Heritage Farm for their educational programs and Naturescaping to help people learn how to create pollinator gardens.