Since 2006, The FruitGuys has supported the famed and endangered Gravenstein Apple by offering a special Gravenstein box each August that benefits Sonoma County's few remaining Gravenstein apple farmers.
The Gravenstein Box makes it possible for apple lovers nationwide to have access to this heirloom fruit. The FruitGuys also gives back 16 percent of the proceeds from box sales to Gravenstein farmers. For 2014, the giveback totaled $1,480, which was distributed to farmers Stan Devoto, Dave Hale, and Lee Walker.
Farmer Stan Devoto used money received from 2012's grav box to purchase and plant new Gravenstein apple trees.
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And now that the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair has passed, Slow Food Russian River has another trick up its sleeve to help people appreciate the gorgeous Grav (and any other apple varieties they might have lying around, too). The organization has joined forces with Sebastopol’s Luther Burbank Experiment Farm to offer community apple presses through October.
According to Slow Food Russian River, locals and visitors can use the press for free to make juice from apples. Bring a bushel of your own apples and plastic containers and walk away with two to three gallons of the freshest tasting apple juice that has ever passed your lips.
Slow Food Russian River’s Paula Downing told The FruitGuys Almanac that “People are loving the press—standing under the trees, gossiping and dreaming, and making their own apple juice—a quintessential manifestation of that massively important concept and word: community.”
The press is staffed on weekends from 9 am until 2 pm. Reserve your spot on Slow Food Russian River’s website.
Miriam Wolf is a Portland-based health coach and the editor of The FruitGuys Almanac newsletter.