As far as we know this is the only FREE COMMUNITY APPLE PRESS in the US. Our Community Apple Press is now open and available for your use and the online calendar is ready to take reservations. Bring your apples, from a backyard tree or purchased from a local apple farmer, and make your own juice on our community apple press at the Luther Burbank Experiment Farm in Sebastopol – for free. All you need to bring is apples and some plastic containers (to avoid breakage)….
August 15th we have invited a few dignitaries (city counsel), apple farmers and other apple freaks. There will be pizza and apple juice at noon. INFO: (707) 829-6711
WHERE to BUY Gravenstein Apples – Slow Food Russian River’s Guide to growers and processors
Gravenstein Apple Presidia
Slow Food Presidia are local projects that work to guarantee a viable future for traditional foods that are good tasting, sustainably produced, and that represent a sense of place and culture. The Gravenstein apple is a delicious apple that has a long history in Sonoma County. It is part of our local agricultural heritage, and yet it is disappearing fast and could become commercially extinct. In the 1970s, Sonoma County was Gravenstein Apple capital of the world. Today there are fewer than 10 farmers who make a living selling apples.
The international Slw Food movement is committed to preserving biodiversity and regionally important foods. Working with farmers, processors, and local community leaders, farmers markets, chefs, and in collaboration with the California non-profit Community Alliance with Family farmers (CAFF), the Russian River Slow Food chapter is helping to develop high-value marketing channels for the Gravenstein apple.
Link to article: Sonoma County Gazette, August 14, 2014