Yesterday, Mac brought in a Jonagold from our backyard. This fall’s expected bumper crop was anything but — despite the protective nylon “footies” I painstakingly wrapped around the small fruit on our dwarf trees this summer. But the remaining apples are crisp, sweet and perfect for eating out-of-hand, and I’m proud to be able to say we grew them ourselves.
Our homegrown mini-orchard aside, we’re no pros. Which is one of the many reasons why I love Applelooza: the apple-lover’s bonanza held this year on Saturday, October 30, at the University District Farmers Market. Here’s a “crop” I picked (up) at the U-District market two years ago, and later made into a rustic pie.
Keeping the doctor away. Not!
Among the special events this year is a free pie-making demo (from noon to 1 p.m.) by Kate McDermott, whose award-winning Art of the Pie classes, and facility with flour, have helped build her reputation as a baker-extraordinaire.
I’m hoping to show up in time to watch Kate in action, chat with apple-growing professionals, drink free cider and get out the vote — during the tasting event (9:30 to 11 a.m.), when 40 heirloom and other apple varieties are ours for the sampling. See you there? If you’ve never been, whatcha waiting for? The market’s open year-round, rain or shine, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of N.E. 50th and University Way.
You won’t find any “Red Delicious” here — though you will score tastes of Northern Spy, Prairie Spy and Newtown Pippins, among others.