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2010 - Gravenstein apple season is here !!!

rworange Aug 10, 2010 10:49 AM

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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    Pius Avocado III RE: rworange Aug 10, 2010 01:20 PM

    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. lessleyellen RE: rworange Aug 10, 2010 02:33 PM

      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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        kattyeyes RE: lessleyellen Aug 22, 2010 06:52 PM

        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. farmersdaughter RE: rworange Aug 10, 2010 03:44 PM

        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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          wally RE: farmersdaughter Aug 10, 2010 06:02 PM

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

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          Pius Avocado III RE: rworange Aug 22, 2010 11:30 AM

          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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            Ruth Lafler RE: Pius Avocado III Aug 22, 2010 12:45 PM

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

          2. Caitlin McGrath RE: rworange Aug 22, 2010 04:29 PM

            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

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              Jeni Bean RE: rworange Aug 23, 2010 11:25 AM

              Got some at the fruit stand on River Road, just past the Fulton chicken plant. .79/lb. Mostly greenish, but some fully red ones.

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                Melanie Wong RE: Jeni Bean Aug 30, 2010 05:13 PM

                That's Mike's Truck Garden.

                There are red gravensteins that will go fully red. The non-red ones will be yellow-green when ripe with red striping. I picked some red ones yesterday at a friend's ranch. But they're going fast, get 'em while you can.

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                Mike's Truck Garden
                1319 River Rd, Fulton, CA

              2. rabaja RE: rworange Aug 30, 2010 10:03 AM

                Got a half case last Thursday from Devoto to make some fruit crisps. They were lovely, nice and firm and crisp. Also, mostly medium sized.
                They were as good out of hand as they were baked.
                I got 25 #'s for $25. Good deal.

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                  Ericruo RE: rworange Aug 30, 2010 06:44 PM

                  Bought my second case of Gravenstein Apples this season from Walker Apples on Saturday. They're $25/box this year, very good, old trees, dry farmed etc. Mr. Walker said that he might have some Macintosh this week, and that the late-season Arkansas Blacks would be ugly because of the wet weather early in the growing season, but would be good. I think this works out to something like $0.50/lb. They grow 27 kinds or so. They cut tastes of what's ripe and then you decide what to buy. You don't have to buy a case, but I figure, I'm there.

                  The full leg of that acquisition tour stops at Liberty Ducks in Penngrove, Joe Matos Cheese in Santa Rosa, Walker Apples in Graton and Drake's Bay Oysters in Inverness. Take an Ice chest.

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                  Walker Apples
                  10955 Upp Rd, Graton, CA

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