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Heirloom Apple Tasting & ID on Sat. 10/17

From: Jacqueline F.
Sent on: Thursday, October 15, 2009 10:23 AM
Bees and apple blossoms go together, don't they?


Saturday Oct 17th from 11-4
Venersborg One-Room Schoolhouse
24317 NE 209th St., Battle Ground, WA

Clark County used to be a fruit growing area, well known for abundant
and gorgeous apple trees. There's a good chance some of the old
apple trees that are languishing in backyards and old farm fields may
be the last of their varieties. That's what happened with us -- two years
ago we identified one of our ancient apple trees as one that was, until
we re-found it, thought to be extinct. Help us find more before the
old trees die out.

First, the apple tasting:
We thought we'd have over 200 different kinds of apples to taste but it
turns out we're going to have more than 300. Yes, indeed, come hungry
because 300 tastes of each and every apple will be like eating who
knows how many single apples -- a lot! And every one of them is
different. We've got apples that taste sweet, tart, juicy, bake up well,
smell like bananas - roses - honey - cinnamon. We have some that have been
grown continuously for 400 years and others that were just brought out to
the public in the past decade. Some have flesh white as snow, others are
striped pink inside, or golden yellow, and some are even deep red INSIDE.
They're all so unusual and nearly all of them are uniquely delicious, or
uniquely shaped, or uniquely colored inside and out.

And you get to taste them all. How cool is that?

The apple tasting is at the historic Venersborg one-room Schoolhouse at the
intersection of Risto Rd (also called 209th Ave) and 242nd Ave right across
from the Venersborg Store. Lovely country drive, right near our farm and
about 35 minutes north of PDX. Come on out.
24317 NE 209th St., Battle Ground, WA

Admission is $5, families are $10. Admission includes a raffle ticket for
the handmade quilt the elderly ladies in Venersborg made this year. We'll
have unusual apple trees on hand that you can buy and plant now or you can
order a rare tree from one you taste and we'll graft it over the winter when the
trees go dormant.

We have homebaked pie, cookies, hot cider all made by the
elder ladies who take care of the historic little schoolhouse. At 2pm
we'll have an apple pie making demo by a local expert so if you have always
balked at making your own pies, she'll show you how to do that with ease.

Apple Identification
If you have an old apple tree in your yard, or know
someone who does, bring a half dozen of them (unwashed, unpolished, just as
they are when you pick them) in a paper bag and we'll have our experts from
the Home Orchard Society tell you what they are. These people are really
good. Thee old farm tree we have is called a GIDEON SWEET, a type that
had, for many decades, been thought to be extinct. If you come to the
apple fest, you can taste it, knowing that nobody but our cows
had been eating it for many years. (oh, didn't we feel silly, giving such an
incredible apple to our herd!)

More info on our website

Jacqueline & Joseph Freeman
Friendly Haven Rise Farm

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