Topic: apple cider
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October 15, 2013 at 6:01 AM
Snow geese have arrived early in the Skagit Valley. Is it a sign of a harsh winter to come? Are the caterpillars extra furry? Or does it just mean the geese like our mid-October sun breaks?
Haven’t measured the caterpillar dreadlocks, but I did spot a farm field of white — with bobbing, goosey heads and an occasional wing flap — in the distance from the Dike Road, just outside Mount Vernon, on Saturday.
Friends who live there confirmed the arrival of geese, though they don’t expect trumpeter swans until November. (Swans hang out across the road from their Britt Slough farmhouse; when their college-grad son visits he complains that their honking keeps him awake.)
We spent the day up there pressing homemade cider from bushels of apples our friends harvested from three old trees behind the house. We had no idea what types of apples they were; some were reddish, some were green, some were a bit of both. We just piled in whatever was washed and ready for the press. With no recipe whatever and no added spices, (more…)
October 3, 2013 at 6:01 AM
After Seattle’s wettest September on record, are your feet finally, truly going webbed? Is it time to get out of Rain City? Here are three quick ideas to get you on the road:
October is a good month for fresh apple cider. Bring your own apples to be pressed at Vancouver, Washington’s, annual Old Apple Tree Festival, celebrating what is believed to be one of the first apple trees planted in Washington, adjacent to Fort Vancouver. History says an officer in Britain’s Royal Navy, attending a formal dinner on the eve of his departure to the rugged Pacific Northwest, circa 1826, was given some apple seeds left over from the fruit dessert. Dropping them in his dinner jacket pocket, a female admirer instructed, “Plant these when you reach your Northwest wilderness.” The old tree, surrounded now by a busy highway interchange, is celebrated every October with a day of music, cider pressing, apple tastings, tree-pruning workshops and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free.
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