Our 8th Annual Heirloom Apple Tasting will be in 2015. My bee book is being published in October 2014 and, geez, it’s just too many things on our plate to prepare for and host an Apple Festival at the same time. Can you hold on until next year? We love holding this event and hope to see you next year. — Jacqueline
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Thank you everyone, for attending our 7th Annual Heirloom Apple Tasting Sept. 21st, 2013. Here’s the post about it:
We’ve got 200+ different and unusual varieties to sample and nearly all of them are 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. Sample as many as you’d like. Just point and we’ll give you a taste of each of them. Come hungry!
Saturday SEPTEMBER 21 from 10am – 3pm
78th St. Heritage Farm
1919 NE 78th St Vancouver, WA (directions at the bottom of this page)
Taste more than 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
ALL THROUGH THE DAY
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 ($5)
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 will go to the 78th St. Heritage Farm for their educational programs and Naturescaping to help people create pollinator gardens.
DIRECTIONS TO THE APPLE FEST
From I-5 take exit 4 (78th St). Turn EAST on 78th St. and drive about a half mile. The Heritage Farm is on the RIGHT. Park in the field.
From 205 take exit 32 (Padden Pkwy). Go WEST on Padden about 2 miles. It becomes 78th St. The farm is on the LEFT (across from Grover Electric & Plumbing). Drive in and park in the field.