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Gravenstein Apple Fair

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Just a note to remind folks that the Gravenstein Apple Fair is coming up on August 11th and 12th at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. It's a fundraiser for the Sonoma County Farm Trails organization and funds the wonderful Farm Trails map. We've always had a good time at this little fair and will be going up -- not sure which day yet. Anyone else going?

Here's a link to info about the fair:

Link: http://www.farmtrails.org/html/graven...

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    Alexandra Eisler

    See you there Saturday and thanks for the link!

    1. Not sure if I'll be there or not, but a word of advice to newcomers. Be sure to go early in the day and have good maps with you for alternate routings, e.g., approaching from the coast (west). Hwy 12 westbound will be deadstopped on the route to the fair grounds, and Hwy 101 (to the east) will be stop and go in both directions after Noon. It will be well worth it once you arrive.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        If I'm just looking for great Gravenstein's, any suggestions. No crowds, except maybe a Farmers Market like happening. I visit the area 4-5 times a year on business, poor me, and have been reading the posts about the apples. When is the best, best, best harvest, for applesause fixins?

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          Melanie Wong

          Andy's Produce north of Sebastopol on Hwy 116 (Grasvenstein Highway) can be good. There are a number of stands between Sebastopol and Graton. The Sebastopol Farmers Market is on sundays.

          Caitlin, what say you about green vs. yellow for sauce?

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            Caitlin McGrath

            I think my mom, applesauce maker extordinaire, usually goes for the yellow with a touch of red at the crown.

            I don't know who she gets them from now; for years she got them from the same farm, but the proprietress either became too elderly and frail to run the place or actually passed away a couple of years ago, so she had to find a new source.

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              Melanie Wong

              The other thing to remember about Gravensteins is that the season is early and relatively short. They'll be gone by Labor Day and the apples don't store well.

      2. Used to go often; really liked it. What caused us to stop, I think, was that we went more and more organic and it didn't!

        Being a late not an early person, I've always tended to get there for the last hour or so and had no problems with traffic.

        I too appreciate the link.

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          dixieday@aol.com

          Anyone else entering the apple-pie-baking contest? Just bring $2 and your pie, plus the recipe, and get to the fair before 11 a.m. to enter your pie. Although I don't know how they'll enforce this, the entry form states that pies MUST be made with Sonoma County apples (you can usually find DeVoto Orchard apples from Sonoma county at the Embarcadero farmers' market, as well as at Real Foods.) There's an adult category as well as a youth (under 18) category. Boy, that's the job I want--apple pie judge!

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            Andrew Raskin

            I will also be there on Saturday, though probably just the early afternoon. My band is playing in the city Sat night so have to get back. I'll be there with my friend Andy and his kids, so if you yell "Andy" around two guys with two kids and two guys turn around, one of 'em is me.

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              Melanie Wong

              Andy, how can we find out where and when your band is playing?

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                Andrew Raskin

                Well, I'm not supposed to promote anything on Chowhound, but since you asked, you can sign up at http://www.topica.com/lists/stymie for our email newsletter. Upcoming gigs are this Sat (8/11) at Slim's (short set beg around 9:30) and next sat (8/18) at Red Devil Lounge.

                1. re: Andrew Raskin

                  Andy--we're slightly more permissive with longtime posters who've added as much to the discussion as you have (and Melanie DID ask).

                  I know that I don't need to tell you this, but for the sake of those reading along: we would not permit any sort of regular repeat of this sort of thing, even from a great poster like you.

                  ciao

                  1. re: Andrew Raskin

                    Thanks, and sorry. Shoulda taken that to e-mail.

                    Maybe see you you tomorrow at the apple fair.