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.
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
Apple Madness: 2009
Here's a list I put together
Gravenstein Apple Adventures Around Sebastopol
So, what is happening this year? How are the apples? I want my virtual taste.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
5566 Hwy 116, Forestville, CA