All About Fruit Show
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.
September ’15 update
Harvest season is in full swing! Over 600 pounds of fruit has been harvested so far from the Friendly Area Neighborhood, thanks to volunteer efforts. The amount of fruit seems to be less than previous years, which might be related to the hot weather in spring when fruit was setting, and a hot summer. But the project has grown nicely in other ways, both in terms of volunteers and fruit “stewards” who have offered to share their fruit.
If you know of fruit that is not being used, either yours or a neighbor’s, let’s try to get it harvested before the season ends. Go ahead and knock on a door & meet a neighbor! You can direct folks to friendlyfruittreeproject.org to register fruit online, or complete a printed form (print it here), or leave a note (print from here).
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Apples, pears, plums…
Pruning as a conversation
A FFTP workshop on fruit tree pruning is reflected on nicely here:
The FFTP had three apple pressings in 2014. Read about one at Culinarious Eugenius: