NB. Because of the continuing wildfires in the region the Community Apple Press will be closed this coming weekend, Oct. 14-15.
Slow Food Russian River operates the Sebastopol Community Apple Press at the Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm in Sebastopol during apple season – from August through October. Use of the press is a free community service. Address is 7781 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Map.
Sign up to use the Sebastopol Community Apple Press for the 2017 season to press your apples into great tasting juice.
At the Sebastopol Community Apple Press, Slow Food volunteers create a safe and fun environment where you can press your apples and drink the juice at the source or bottle it to take home.
For the 2017 season the Community Apple Press is open on most weekends from August till October. If you wish to volunteer at the Press please sign up here. Volunteering is the way to go to participate in the local food movement.
Some folks bring apples from their own backyard trees, while others buy apples from one of our local apple growers.
The Sonoma County Apple Season starts mid to late July with the Gravenstein Apple. This is a versatile apple that is eaten fresh, or used in baking and cooking. Or, as you will do at the Community Apple Press, it is pressed into delicious apple juice, to be enjoyed fresh or fermented into hard cider.
The Gravenstein has a short growing season and does not keep well. It is is a triploid (has 3 sets of chromosomes in the nucleus):it requires pollination from other trees, and is a poor pollinator of other apples. Apples in general do not breed true when planted as seeds and grafting is generally used to produce new apple trees.
Other local apples fit for juicing include Baldwin (also known as ‘Calville Butter’, ‘Felch’, ‘Late Baldwin’, ‘Pecker’, ‘Red Baldwin’s Pippin’, ‘Steele’s Red Winter’, and ‘Woodpecker’)
Then there are the Pink Pearl (developed in 1944 by Albert Etter, a Garberville breeder), Rhode Island Greening (an old, historic American apple variety and the official fruit of the state of Rhode Island).