Apple Tasting October 2013
Portland Nursery at 5050 SE Stark
Friday-Sunday October 11 - 13
Friday-Sunday October 18 - 20
10:00am - 5:00pm
Our 26th annual Apple Tasting is just around the corner. Seems odd to think about fall, when we’re all still tending our tomatoes and eating fresh peaches. But all too soon the leaves on the trees will begin to change color, and we will be celebrating the abundance of apples and pears.
This has been a great year for fruit, so we expect to be 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!
The tasting lines will be open during all six days of this free event, and likewise our fresh-pressed cider demonstration and tasting.
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!
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.
Please note that Friday, October 18 is Field Trip Day; in the morning and early afternoon we are host to hundreds of kids from area schools.
The event is in full swing on the weekends
- Apple and Pear tasting (all days of the event)
- Cider Demos
- Live music (see sidebar for schedule and more information)
- Activities in the Kids Tent
- Portland Creamery
- Indulge Caramels
- Summerville Mustard
- Golden Orchards
- Debi Madden’s organic raw chestnuts
- Bee Local (new this year — local, small-batch honey!)
- Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, and others — buy a ticket for hard cider tasting!
- Want something besides fruit? Hot Lips Pizza is back again this year!
Apple Strudel and other treats for sale!
Enter our Scarecrow Contest
Win one of three great prizes!
(Submission dates are 10/4 — 10/11)
- 1st Prize: A $100.00 Portland Nursery Gift Card & Apple Tasting T-shirt
- 2nd Prize: A $50.00 Portland Nursery Gift Card & Apple Tasting T-shirt
- 3rd Prize: Veggie Harvest Kit & Apple Tasting T-shirt
Scarecrow Entry forms and details:
- Fill out your Scarecrow Contest Entry Form ONLINE
- PRINT out Scarecrow Contest details
- PRINT out the entry form
Bring a can of food for the Portland Impact food drive
Get a chance to win one of five, $25 Portland Nursery gift cards!
Enter the 3rd annual Photo Contest
Win a $100 Portland Nursery gift card, plus the opportunity to choose a local non-profit to receive a $500 cash prize from co-sponsor Whitney Farms!
Photo contest entry forms and details (see Photo Contest Page)
Special mid-week event: Elder Day
Elder Day — Wednesday, October 16, 1-3:30 pm — click here 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.
Last year we invited our customers to help us name the North American Tree Company apple that was up to then known only as NATCO #87! The winners received a $100 Portland Nursery Gift Card.
- Laura Taylor was the winner, with the name “Orondo Rose”
- Runner-up was Sandra Ruff, who entered “Orondo Pippen Rose”
Orondo, Washington is where the chance seedling (or “pippin”) was found that later became Natco 87. The Rose? Perhaps the rosy blush that casts on the yellowish skin? Perhaps a nod to the “Rose City” of Portland? Either way, we like the new name. Congratulations to the winners!
Thanks to our Sponsors
We couldn't do it without the help of our great vendors and sponsors!
(see band details below schedule)
Saturday October 12th
11am-1pm Rose City Ravens
2pm-4pm Mood Area 52
Sunday October 13th
11am-1pm Carl Solomon
2pm-4pm Little Sue and Lynn Conover
Saturday October 19th
11am-1pm Pete Krebs & the Portland Playboys
2pm-4pm Stolen Sweets
Sunday October 20th
11am-1pm Water Tower
2pm-4pm Libertine Belles
Rose City Ravens
The latest trio headed up by Dan Haley, a longtime favorite singer-songwriter of SE Portland and beyond; in this newest band he is joined by Tim Acott and Janet Julian for some great bluegrass styling and vocal harmonies.
Mood Area 52
Once we discovered them, it’s not Apple Tasting without them — this is their fifth year with us, and we’re happy they’re back! Cabaret-style song-stories, golden-age tango (and they are bringing copies of their newest CD with them!)
Described as a “Weaver of New American Folk Tales,” Carl tells stories through his music, many of them about the characters he has met along the way on his travels. Making his life and his living as a musician, this is his first time performing at Apple Tasting
Little Sue & Lynn Conover
These two singer/songwriters have been a part of Apple Tasting for so many years we’ve lost count! Always a favorite with their sweet harmonies, laughter, and original songs; and this year Little Sue has a new CD! Link to Lynn Conover. Link to Little Sue.
Pete Krebs and the Portland Playboys
The Portland Playboys is the latest in a series of musical offerings from the now-legendary Pete Krebs. It is a quintet he started in 2010, to capture the tunes influenced by hillbilly jazz and western swing. It’s no-kidding, toe-tapping, good time music from one of our best.
What can we say? If you’ve seen them, you love them. These high-energy, sassy-sweet women with tight three-part harmonies have long been a favorite. Reviving the 30s jazz classics of the Boswell Sisters, with an instrumental twist toward Django Rinehardt / gypsy jazz (yes, that’s also Pete Krebs you see there, on guitar and accompanying vocals), it’s a band that refuses to let you sit still.
You might remember them as the Water Tower Bucket Boys. And if you remember them from the last time they played at Apple Tasting, you’ll probably remember their infectious, edgy, high-octane bluegrass style. Well, they’re back, and better than ever.
Three sassy ladies with three-part harmonies and three ukuleles? Yep. Throw in a trashcan bass, coronet and washboard/drums and some vintage swing tunes, and anything can happen.
Apple & Pear Recipes
We have so many recipes, we've given them a page of their own. Click here to see all the recipes.