Join in the fun at the Fall Fruit Show

Fruits of all shapes, sizes and varieties will be available at this year’s Fall Fruit Show presented by the Olympic Orchard Society.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, guests can listen to a wide range of fruit speakers and experts, taste a variety of fruit on display and purchase custom grafted trees for sale at 100 S. Blake Avenue in Sequim.

The Olympic Orchard Society (OOS) is one of nine chapters under the Western Cascade Fruit Society that promotes interest in growing fruit or nut bearing trees and plants in Clallam County.

This nonprofit has about 85 family members in the local chapter and brings together orchardists and backyard growers who support each other and encourage propagation of desirable fruit and nut varieties suited to the local climate.

“We offer a lot of education to the community,” Marilyn Couture, OOS secretary said.

“Our favorite part of the show is seeing all the amazing varieties that are grown right here on the Olympic Peninsula.”

Some of the speakers that will be presenting at this year’s event include: Chris Kresa about chestnuts on the Olympic Peninsula, Paul Gotz on cider making, Dr. Bob Norton or “Mr. Apple” from the Sunrise Ridge Orchard, Vashon Island, Dr. Joseph Postman on new apples, pears and quince, and OOS President Jim House on chip budding. The Master Gardeners and beekeeper Mark Urnes also have been invited to attend this year’s event.

Apple and pear I.D. experts will be available to help guests identify what kind of fruit they are growing if it is an unknown variety.

Last but not least, there will be a fruit tasting table with 200 varieties of fruit and 20 varieties to taste that are grown locally.

OOS member Jackie Baker said her favorite part of the event each year is being able to educate the children that show up and getting to see the assortment of apples.

“It’s a family event,” she said.

Baker has been a member since 2009 and lives on a family farm off West Sequim Bay Road with historic apple trees over 100 years old. She also has planted more recent apple trees on her farm and said some of her favorite kind of apples are ones you can’t find in the grocery store.

“The older varieties have a different taste,” she said.

“They’re not so sweet as the ones in the grocery store.”

The event also will have custom trees available to order and samples of apple crisp. The Fall Fruit Show is every other year and the next show will be in 2019.

OOS meets at 7:00 p.m. every second Tuesday each month at the Clallam County Commissioner’s Chambers at 223 E. 4th Street, Port Angeles.

To learn more about OOS, visit http://wcfs.org/membership/olympic-orchard-society-oos/ or contact Jim House at 360-775-1869 or Couture at 360-681-3036.

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