Identify Apples – Make Cider – Eat Pie – Visit Heritage Orchard
Experts including the renowned Dr. Bob Norton, retired research scientist from WSU Extension in Mt. Vernon, and Shaun Shepherd from Portland’s Home Orchard Society, will give talks on apple varieties and identification.
If you like to bake, donate a fruit pie. Fresh cider and slices of homemade pie will be available at a nominal cost, with proceeds to support ongoing maintenance of the orchard.
After the talks, expert volunteers who have painstakingly restored the orchard will lead tours, pointing out the heirloom varieties that are going strong as well as younger trees and newly planted grape vines. You will be able to taste apple varieties that are grown in the orchard.
In addition to the regular festival, we’re excited to host a presentation on making cider from 2:30PM to 4:00PM in the Environmental Learning Center.