October: Apple Fun is Everywhere
October 3rd, 2007 — Tripp |
As the rain rolls into Portland, the temptation is to retreat into the coffeeshop, the bar and the bookstore. You must resist this and take advantage of the amazing apple-eating opportunities before you.
Apple tasting: Start off Oct 5-7 at your local New Seasons, which is serving up 20 varieties of organic apples including rarities like the Arlet and the UltraGold. Once you have past this beginner course, you will be ready for Portland Nursery's (5050 SE Stark) 20th Annual Apple Tasting. On the weekends of Oct 12 and Oct 19, they will be serving 40 varieties of apples, along with music and cooking demonstrations.
Pick your own apples: Picking your own apples is great for those with kids or for people who just want to get outside. Head out to Parkdale (south of Hood River) and visit Kiyokawa Orchards. This list shows the many apples available in the store, as well as those currently available for PYO. The delightful Honeycrisp is among those ready for picking. For your broader fruit picking needs, head over to the Pick Your Own website. While you are out in the Hood River area, you might also want to check out Pumpkin Funland.
Make an Apple Pie: Recipes abound, but I recommend Ken Haedrich's Pie book for all things pie. If the thought of making a crust daunts you, the Oregonian recently recommended some store bought crusts.