Slow Food Russian River operates the Sebastopol Community Apple Press during apple season – from August through October. Use of the press is a free community service. This all happens at the Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm in Sebastopol.Address is 7781 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Map.
Reserve the Sebastopol Community Apple Press for the 2017 Season
Sign up to use the Sebastopol Community Apple Press for the 2017 season to press your apples into great tasting juice.
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.
Sign Up to Volunteer with our Apple Core at the Free Community Apple Press
The Apple Core is the group within Slow Food Russian River that supports our Save the Gravenstein Campaign. You do not need to be an official member of Slow Food to join the Apple Core. With time you may become one since we are all friends.
Volunteering within the Apple Core can take many forms, from tinkering with our equipment – foremost our beloved apple press from Correll Cider Press – to providing information to the public about our local apple culture; from helping children press and taste apple juice to keeping track of reservations and sign-ups; from applying for grants and other forms of fundraising to taking photos and videos, and writing blog posts and news bulletins.
At the Community Apple Press, volunteers create a safe and fun environment for patrons of the press to press their juice. Sign up for a shift that fits your schedule online.
What Locally Grown Apples are Good for Juicing?
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’)
Also the Blacktwig, Golden Supreme, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Jonathan, McIntosh (the official apple of Canada), Northern Spy, Cripps Pink
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).
Or Rome Beauty, Stayman Winesap (like the Gravenstein a triploid apple cultivar), and Winesap.
Ask for these apples at grower stands and on our farmers market. Some grocery stores may also carry local apples, including Oliver’s Markets, Community Market, Andy’s Market, Whole Foods.
Or check out these other local stores: Bill’s Farm Basket, and Fiesta (Pacific Market).