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2010 - Gravenstein apple season is here !!!

It must be. When I was reading the SF Chronicle online there was an ad for the Gravenstein Apple Festival. Here's the festival website for details.
http://gravensteinapplefair.com/

Here's my obsessive posts from last year where I tried almost every gravenstein apple in the Sebastopol area and lots of products made with the apples such as cider, pie, etc

Apple-looza: Gravenstein Apple Adventure results
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/642132

Apple Madness: 2009
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/642403

Here's a list I put together

Gravenstein Apple Adventures Around Sebastopol
http://www.chow.com/lists/14970

So, what is happening this year? How are the apples? I want my virtual taste.

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  1. Picked up 10lbs from Hale's Sunday. I usually get more but resolved to go back in a week or 2, as these early apples were quit small w/ little red coloration, and the aroma lacked that intoxicating quality I'm used to. This is the earliest I've ever gone on a Grav run.

    The one I just had was very firm, crisp and tart, and sent juices running down my arm.

    Only one vendor at the Sebastopol Farmers market had them, and it was a very small box. The supply of fresh juice at Andy's Produce was light as well.

    Notables I came away with from Andy's cheese selection include: Redwood Hill smoked goat's cheddar; a cheddar from the Loleta Cheese Factory; Valley Ford Estero Gold "Italian farmhouse" cheese.

    Also picked up some very good hummus w/ harissa from "The Hummus Guy" at the farmers market.

    1. I had a gravenstein from Andy's market outside Sebastopol on Sunday and it was amazing. Tart but not too tart. How good of pies do they make?

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      Andy's Produce Markets
      1691 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol, CA 95472

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      1. re: lessleyellen

        My friend Patty, who lives out your way, made an incredibly gorgeous Gravenstein apple tart. I hadn't heard of them until I read her recipe, then found this thread. This post includes a little history of the Gravenstein apple for those who are interested:
        http://pattysfood.blogspot.com/2010/0...

      2. Got my first batch from DeVoto last Saturday. They are acidic and very crisp - just the way I like them. Stan DeVoto said it's because we had such cool weather and rain late in the season.

        I made a crumble on Sunday, will do a galette tomorrow. The crumble received raves from my guests on both flavor and texture of the apples.

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        1. re: farmersdaughter

          I bought some from DeVoto too. Nice, crisp and tart. I bought them to try with the Andante Cheddar I bought.

        2. I bought a brown grocery bag filled with the loveliest Gravensteins yesterday from a family with a couple pickup trucks parked on the dusty shoulder of Hwy. 12 near Watertrough Rd.

          $15 for what felt like a generous 15lbs, the bag was completely full.

          These are bursting with that floral-sweet Gravenstein character; they filled our car with an intoxicating aroma and sport beautiful red striations.

          Gravensteins at farmers markets are funny; the market at Walnut Park in Petaluma had just one stand with a shoebox-sized box half-full of tiny Gravs, just like we saw at Sebastopol a few weeks ago.

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          1. re: Pius Avocado III

            I bought some Gravs at the Temescal farmers market last Sunday from a grower that had boxes of both red and green.

          2. Kozlowski Farm is selling its Gravensteins for $1.50/lb. or 20 lbs. for $16. These have a good amount of red and plenty of floral aroma; the one I've eaten was pretty tart.

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            Kozlowski Farms
            5566 Hwy 116, Forestville, CA