Join us for a FREE event this October
Apple lovers - did you know that thousands of apple varieties were commonplace in 1900 that few of us will ever have the good fortune to taste even a dozen of these.
On October 11th at the Mill City Farmers Market Seed Savers Exchange will offer a number of rare apple varieties from our public orchards located in Decorah, IA where 900 heritage varieties are growing. Join us in the central market area to sample the luscious complexity of heritage apples with exotic names such as Reine de Reinettes, Sops of Wine, and Glubberston Nonsuch. We guarantee that you will not find these apples among the 10 or fewer that you will find at your grocery store.
Why are these varieties disappearing? Maybe they didnâ€™t pack well or werenâ€™t uniformly round and red. The shapes, colors and flavors that make these varieties so intriguing are the very reason many of them nearly died out.
Take the opportunity to indulge your senses with these amazingly diverse treasures and support the orchardists who are bringing them back.
At the market weâ€™ll be talking about some of the many varieties we steward, how you can graft and plant your own trees, how to store apples properly, baking and cider.
Visit our tent for the tasting and the cooking demo area at 10 oâ€™clock for the program.
- Meet SSE Co-founder Diane Ott Whealy, who has been a national leader in the heirloom seed movement and a strong advocate for the protection of the earth's rare genetic food stocks since 1975.
- Watch food writer Beth Dooley bake heirloom apple pies in food demonstration area. Beth is an apple fanatic and author of Minnesotaâ€™s Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook and Northern Heartland Kitchen. She writes for the Star Tribune, and appears monthly on Appetites (MPR) and KARE 11 TV.
- Hear from SSE Director of Education and Outreach, Grant Olson. He'll teach how to graft apples and how to save seeds. He heads up all of Seed Saversâ€™ webinars, workshops, conferences and the Online Seed Exchange.
Mark your calendar and don't miss this exciting event on Saturday October 11th, 2014 at the Mill City Farmers Market!