Friends of Piper’s Orchard, City Fruit, and Seattle Tree Fruit Society held the 4th annual Festival of Fruit on Saturday, September 18th, from 10:00am – 2:00pm. It was a big success, with great pies, fresh-pressed cider, information, visitors, and cooperating weather.
The program started with Dr. Bob Norton (a reknowned western Washington apple expert) giving a talk on making hard (and soft) apple cider.
Meanwhile, apple tasting and cider pressing were going on outside.
We also enjoyed listening to Blue Star Creeper.
Following Dr. Norton’s talk, the pie judging started, and we were introduced to Ken Workman, who is a descendant of both Jessie Hiatt (an Iowan who was the originator of the Hawkeye apple, renamed Delicious) and Chief Seattle.
After all the pie was gone, people headed up to the orchard to hear presentations about Piper family and orchard history, viticulture and the heirloom grapes planted at the orchard, organic pest management, compost tea at the orchard, and permaculture at the orchard.
We were fortunate to have a group of Boy Scouts help with parking and directions.
Following was the day’s program.
|10:00 – 10:45||Cider making – Dr. Bob Norton||MusicCaféDisplays tablesKids crafts|
|10:45 – 11:00||Intros of presentations to take place in the orchard later|
|11:00 – 11:15||Meet Ken Workman, a descendant of both Chief Seattle and Jesse Hiatt, developer of Red Delicious apple|
|11:15 – 11:30||Announcement of apple pie judging results|
|11:30 – 12:00||Treats available for sale and sampling|
|12:00 – 12:30||People walk to orchard|
|12:30 – 2:00||Presentations in orchard (weather permitting – otherwise in ELCA)