The Home Orchard Society’s All About Fruit Show was on Oct 17&18th and I was finally able to attend this year. Over 500 varieties of heirloom fruit were available to see and taste, including apples and pears, as well as grapes, kiwi-berries, sea berries, paw paws, quince. There was fresh-pressed cider, fruit identification, tool sharpening, and plants for sale. The large fruit contest winners were HUGE! But the highlight was the spread of fruit to taste. Some favorites included a Suntan apple, an Egremont Russet apple, a Taylor’s Gold pear, and a kiwi-berry called Orus 1-2. I tasted Ashmead’s Kernal, which is available locally at Sundance, which is a wonderful apple. Some of the apple varieties that the Friendly Fruit Tree Project grafted at last year’s Spring Propagation Fair were available to taste too,
including Rhode Island Greening, Roxbury Russet, Ben Davis, and York Imperial.
Want to plant a rare & delicious apple tree? FFTP is offering neighbors potted trees, and we’ll help plant them, by donation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.