Fall Hours

9:00am to 6:00pm Daily

5050 SE Stark, 503-231-5050

9000 SE Division, 503-788-9000

Portland, OR

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Portland Nursery

Apple Tasting 2014

27th Annual Apple Tasting Event

Portland Nursery at 5050 SE Stark
Friday-Sunday October 10 - 12 • Friday-Sunday October 17* - 19

* The morning and early afternoon of October 17 is Field Trip Day to hundreds of kids from area schools!

Every day during the event: 10:00am - 5:00pm


About the time the leaves begin to change color, its time to celebrate the abundance of apples and pears. We're always well-supplied with a large variety of apples and pears to taste and purchase by the pound, as many as 60 different varieties in all!

Tasting lines, as well as our fresh-pressed cider demonstration and tasting, will be open during all six days of this free event.

Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery

appleiconA special thanks to our sponsors

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  • monrovia

appleiconEnter our Scarecrow Contest & win a prize!

Submission / drop-off dates are Oct. 3 through Oct. 10

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  • All winners receive an Apple Tasting T-shirt
  • 1st Prize: A $100.00 Portland Nursery Gift Card
  • 2nd Prize: A $50.00 Portland Nursery Gift Card
  • 3rd Prize: Fall Flowers Container

All entrants receive a free 5 pound bag of apples
Help us pick the winner - Vote October 10-17
Winners announced October 18

Fill out your Scarecrow Contest Entry Form ONLINE


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appleiconKids Activities

Friday, October 17 is Field Tip Day for public school kids. Our Kid's Tent is CLOSED and we have planned activities for field trip groups. For groups larger than 10 please call ahead to schedule a field trip time.

Slots fill quickly so do not delay!

1st Weekend Kids Tent

Friday October 10th
10:00am - 5:00pm

  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games

 

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Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 11-12
10:00am - 5:00pm

  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games
  • Coloring

2nd Weekend Kids Tent

Friday October 17th
Field Trip Day Activities

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Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 18-19
10:00am - 5:00pm

  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games
  • Coloring

appleiconSpecial mid-week event: Elder Day

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Elder Day is Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1-3:30 pm

Visit our Elder Day page for details

A portion of the sales of apples and pears will once again go to help support the fine work by Elders in Action.


music

appleiconMusic to dance to both weekends!

1st Weekend Music

Saturday October 11th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Little Sue & Lynn Conover

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Jake Ray & the Cowdogs

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Sunday October 12th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Water Tower

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Libertine Belles

2nd Weekend Music

Saturday October 18th
11:00am - 1:00pm
The Earnest Lovers

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Mood Area 52

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Sunday October 19th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Wild Rose Trail

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Fellow Travelers Band


appleiconTasting & Buying Guides

We’ve created some handy guides to the apples available at Apple Tasting this year. Download and bring them as a guide
to tasting and buying!

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PLEASE NOTE: This is our best prediction of the apple supply. Often we sell out early on some varieties or some varieties fail to reach us as planned.


appleiconApple & Pear Recipes

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We have so many Apple and Pear recipes from Chef Brophy, we've given them a page of their own!

Click here to see all the recipes.


appleiconCommunity Participants!

Local vendors

Portland Creamery

Indulge Caramels

• Sommerville Mustard

Golden Orchards

• Debi Madden’s organic raw chestnuts

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks

Green Mountain Energy

Hot Lips Pizza

Community Members

Friends of Portland Community Gardens

OSU Master Gardeners

Oregon Milkweed Project - Information and free seeds!

Oregon Food Bank
Bring in a donation of non-perishable food items to 5050 SE Stark, October 9-21 and enter a raffle to win one of three Portland Nursery Gift Cards, valued at $25, $50, and $75!*

*List of Oregon Food Bank preferred items.


Apple Tasting Classes

October 8 - 12, 2014

cidermakingCider Making Workshop

with Nick Gunn, Cider-maker for Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
Portland Nursery invites you to join Nick Gunn, Cider-maker for Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, for a free-wheeling discussion of the cider-making process. Nick will use as a source, Claude Jolicoeur’s definitive text “The New Cider Makers Handbook”, a detailed, user-friendly, tree-to-bottle guide to cider and winner of a prestigious IACP Cookbook Award.

The class cost is $45, which includes the $45 book and a coupon for 10% off an apple purchase at this years Apple Tasting Festival.

A $30 ticket (which doesn’t include the book) is also available.

Space in each section will be limited to 35 people: Classes typically sell out, so buy your tickets soon!

appleicon5050 SE STARK • Wednesday • October 8 • 5:30-7:30pm
Click here to register for this class.

appleicon5050 SE STARK • Wednesday • October 15 • 5:30-7:30pm
Click here to register for this class.

herbschefbrophyChef Dan Demo: Cooking Apple Sauce

Nothing says autumn more than apples, and what better way to preserve that flavor than by canning! If you’ve ever wanted to learn to store your harvest, fall is the perfect time. Chef Dan will be demonstrating the art of canning, as he makes and jars up his famous apple sauce. You don’t want to miss this class!

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • October 11 • 11:00-12:30pm
Click here to register for this class.

herbschefbrophyChef Dan Demo: Pear & Ginger Chutney

The lustrous pear is another classic flavor of the fall season, and Chef Dan will combine it with ginger to demonstrate how to make a Pear & Ginger Chutney.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • October 11 • 1:00-2:30pm
Click here to register for this class.

dulcyBook Signing:
THROUGH THE SEASONS WITH DULCY with Ted Mahar

As popular garden columnist Dulcy Mahar well knew, a garden is a year-round passion, and each season brings opportunities to experience the space in new ways. THROUGH THE SEASONS WITH DULCY (Carpe Diem Books, Oct. 4, 2014) collects 140 of the over 1100 columns she wrote during her 22-year career with The Oregonian and organizes them by season, giving readers the opportunity to see how gardens, as well as gardeners, change over time. In an informal, yet knowledgeable and witty style, she guides the reader through the annual — and perennial — cycles of the gardening life. The text is accompanied by over 190 beautifully detailed photographs from Dulcy’s garden in Portland’s Garthwick neighborhood that bring her words to full bloom.

Read full press release about the book

appleicon5050 SE STARK • Saturday • October 11 • 1:00-2:00pm

fruittreeappleFruit Tree Disease Prevention

with Doug King
Worried and wondering about diseases on your fruit trees? Concerned how to manage pests and still have a successful fruit harvest? Overwhelmed with all you’re supposed to do? Relax and rest assured! Doug King of Portland Nursery will discuss techniques to prevent fruit tree diseases before they get out of control.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • October 12 • 11:00 -12:30pm
Click here to register for this class.

Wednesday October 15, 2014

elderday168Elder Day at Apple Tasting

In the relative quiet between the two weekends of our annual Apple Tasting festival, the front greenhouse at Stark is transformed into a welcoming and interactive space for our elder gardeners to enjoy the afternoon, sponsored by Home Instead and Portland Nursery.

There will be activity tables for pressed-flower crafts, planting crocus bulbs, and designing fall patio containers. We will also be providing a "mini-apple tasting," with an assortment of familiar and unusual apple varieties to sample.

appleicon5050 SE STARK • Wednesday • October 15 • 1:00-3:30pm

cidermakingCider Making Workshop

with Nick Gunn, Cider-maker for Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
Portland Nursery invites you to join Nick Gunn, Cider-maker for Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, for a free-wheeling discussion of the cider-making process. Nick will use as a source, Claude Jolicoeur’s definitive text “The New Cider Makers Handbook”, a detailed, user-friendly, tree-to-bottle guide to cider and winner of a prestigious IACP Cookbook Award.

The class cost is $45, which includes the $45 book and a coupon for 10% off an apple purchase at this years Apple Tasting Festival.

A $30 ticket (which doesn’t include the book) is also available.

Space in each section will be limited to 35 people: Classes typically sell out, so buy your tickets soon!

appleicon5050 SE STARK • Wednesday • October 15 • 5:30-7:30pm
Click here to register for this class.

Weekend of October 17-19, 2014

pollinatorAttracting Pollinators to Fruit Trees

with Brenda Lee Calvert from Halfmoon Farm
Brenda joins us to talk about what home gardeners can do to help support a diverse community of pollinators to their yards – so important for fruit production! She’ll suggest plants that provide abundant nectar, pollen, and larvae food. She’ll also talk about gardening techniques that support pollinator health and describe some of the fascinating and helpful pollinators that you, too, can admire in your garden.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • October 18 • 11:00-12:30pm
Click here to register for this class.

herbschefbrophyChef Dan Demo: Spiced Apple Butter

Help welcome fall by joining Chef Dan for a cooking demonstration class on his rendition of a classic-Spiced Apple Butter.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • October 19 • 11:00-12:30pm
Click here to register for this class.

herbschefbrophyChef Dan Demo: Savory Poached Pear

“These flavors just scream Pacific Northwest!” Join Chef Dan as he demonstrates how to make Poached Pear, hazelnut, Rogue Blue Cheese with hazelnut vinaigrette. OMG!

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • October 19 • 1:00-2:30pm
Click here to register for this class.