Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Hood River County Fruit Loop Heirloom Apple Celebration takes place Saturday and Sunday, and honors apples now known as “heirloom” or “classic” varieties, which can trace their heritage back 100 years or more.
These apples are made to be baked to serve at dinner and other are “eating” apples. Some heirloom apples may not store as well or as long as commercial varieties; they may be more difficult to grow, or they may bruise more easily. But their individual flavors and aromas have been compared to those of different vintages of wine.
In addition to these traditional apple favorites for making mouth-watering apple pie and applesauce, baking, and eating fresh off the tree, the Heirloom Apple Celebration will offer delicious fresh cider, gourmet food, award-winning wines and hard ciders, friendly farm animals, other fall produce, country fun, seasonal displays, and more.
In addition to supplies of many varieties of classic apples, many Fruit Loop farms are offering special activities throughout the Heirloom Apple Celebration weekend.
There’s a trunk show featuring alpaca yarn and experts, tastings of hard (and soft) cider made from apples, pears and other fruits of the Hood River Valley, and even the chance to help make apple butter.
For complete information about Heirloom Apple Days, for a listing of Fruit Loop farms, attractions and individual operating hours, and for an easy-to-follow map, visit hoodriverfruitloop.com.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge