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All About Fruit Show

CaptureThe 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, IMG_2403an 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 IMG_2400Tree 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

September ’15 update

IMG_1980Harvest 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 to register fruit online, or complete a printed form (print it here), or leave a note (print from here).

Questions? Contact

FFTP Report Available for Viewing

IMG_0822_cropped   FFTP Neighborhood Matching Grant – Final Report

If you are interested in starting a fruit project in your neighborhood, this report might help.  See also the Portland Fruit Tree Project.

Get tools for your fruit at the…

ToolboxProjectLogoTools purchased for the Friendly Fruit Tree Project were donated to the Eugene Toolbox Project, to be widely used by the community.

Learn more here:

Apples, pears, plums…

IMG_0717  Here is an example of what the harvest looks like from one site during fall ’14.

Pruning as a conversation

Pruning workshop2_adjusted

A FFTP workshop on fruit tree pruning is reflected on nicely here:


Lekvar plum paste

Plums for lekvar

Learn about a delicious way to use plums from Culinarious Eugenius.

Apple pressing


The FFTP had three apple pressings in 2014.  Read about one at Culinarious Eugenius: