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Apple Harvest is coming up soon and it looks to be a record harvest year here in Washington State. If you are thinking about pressing apples this year and have yet to purchase a cider press, you can find some great ones at The Fruit Press!

More posts to come as we enter September and October. Have a great end of the summer everyone!

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Honeycrisp apples have gained significant popularity over the past few years, even though they have been around for quite some time. Honeycrisp apples are the result of a 1960’s cross-breeding of the Macoun and Honeygold apple varieties. A project of the University of Minnesota apple breeding program. This year’s harvest of Honeycrisps will probably produce another year of growth. In Washington  State alone Honeycrisp production growth was 118% from 2006 to 2007 and another 33% from 2007 to 2008. Honeycrisps are a great table apple as well as a great blending apple for fresh apple cider.

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The Kingston Black apple is another variety of apple that is best suited for cider making only. With its bitter taste it isn’t much of an eating apple like so many of the apples grown in the United States. In  fact, most cider making apple varieties don’t even look like the larger Red Delicious or Fuji’s that everyone  loves to eat. Most cider making apples are smaller and tend to grow in clusters of 3 or more. If you are looking to grow cider apples or if you are looking for a variety to buy to make hard cider, the Kingston Black may be a good place to start. It is a good stand alone variety, or varietal, so you don’t necessarily need to blend this apple variety with other apple varieties. If you do want to grow a Kingston Black apple tree, you can purchase them in the States and they are best suited to grow in hardiness zones 4-9. This hardiness zone covers a majority of the US, from the Yakima Valley in Washington State to the Tennessee River Valley. See the map below. The only climates to avoid would be the northern plains and the southern tip of Florida.

Climate and growing zones for the United States

Climate and growing zones for the United States

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Vashon Island, located in Washington State is hosting it’s annual Cider Fest on October 10, 2009. There are sure to be many different apple vendors, cider tasting, and more. Check out the video below from the Vashon Island Rotary:

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Apple a Day

Two Yakima women have started a pretty cool business this summer. The Apple-a-day business was started to provide a healthy snack for local businesses. Basically, every week they will deliver fresh apples to each client (doctors offices, law firms, ect.). Apple-a-day provides a cooler to keep the apples in, much like a smaller vending machine, which a clear glass front. As businesses have clients coming and going throughout the day they can enjoy  fresh Washington Apples…not a bad idea.

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According to the Washington State Apple Commission, Washington harvests close to 100 million boxes of apples annually. This equates to about 10 billion individual apples that are handpicked. The top five varieties of apples expected for this year’s harvest are Red Delicious, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith and Golden. Together they make up about 90% of total apples grown. And with over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States, the only native apple is the crab apple. Washington State apples are harvested from mid-August (Gala) to as late as November (Cripps Pink). Many Farmers and orchardists have “pressing parties” this time of year, especially when you start to harvest a couple different varieties. Homemade cider from Washington State grown apples is hard to beat. Pressing homemade cider with your own Cider press  is fun for the entire family.

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Last week marked the beginning of this year’s grape harvest. From the Wahluke Slope in Mattawa to the Walla Walla Valley, grapes are being harvesting. Most varieties of grapes that are harvested first are Chardonnay, Savignon Blanc, and Merlot. According to an article from Wine Press Northwest, the grapes are about 9 days ahead of last year. This is more in line with normal vintage. If you are looking for more information on Yakima Valley or Washington Wines, or are interested in making homemade wines, visit www.thefruitpress.com. They have two varieties of Wine Presses for sale.

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With harvest season in full effect it is no wonder that September is designated as the National Apple Month. Everywhere from New Hampshire to Washington State, apple growers are harvesting their fruits. This is also a good opportunity for apple cider makers to find quality apples at little or no cost. There are always apple trees that are neglected or not for commercial production where you will be able to pick apples for your cider making. Don’t be shy, just ask the tree owners if they would mind if you pick some of their apples. If the apples go un picked, they fall to the ground and create a mess…along with a lot of scavengers. Make use of the good fruit while they are still hanging on the trees!

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Sales of Washington State wines have increased 9.1% by value over the past year. This data is from a recent Nielson report for the period of July 2008 to July 2009. The 9.1% growth figure is twice as much as total wine sales, which say a 4.7% increase by value. Sales by volume is also up by 6.4% which is almost 3 times as large as overall wine sales by volume which grew by 2.4% over the same time period. Washington State contains over 32,000 acres of planted grapes with varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Reisling, Merlot, and Syrah leading the way as far as total acres planted.

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In what looks like an effort to cut out the middle man, Wal-mart is planning to open an office in Yakima, Washington that will buy directly from growers. Who knows what effect this could have on the overall fresh produce market, and we will see if it materializes. Click here for the full story.

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