Sure, maybe you’re waiting for tomatoes.
Or you got your jollies when the first corn appeared.
Or maybe your fantasy food life revolves around grape harvest, crush, fermented juice in a bottle.
All well and good, we say, but nothing, nada, zilch compared to the late-summer arrival of Gravenstein apples.
Ask a pie cook about Gravensteins. Try to convince them that, oh (just to be absurd), red delicious would be a better choice (for anything, let alone baking a good apple pie).
Nope. Won’t work. Gravensteins rock, and the Hood River Valley Fruit Loop farmers are celebratin Gravensteins this weekend, Aug. 18-19.
At various stops along the “Loop” drive, visitors can enjoy apples, apple treats, wine tasting, and country fun.
Gravensteins are flavorful “eating” apples, too. But whatever your preferred mode of consumption, the thing to remember is that Gravenstein harvest season arrives early. And, duh, ends early, too.
Show up late, you could be left holding the bag (of red delicious apples, that is).
Gravensteins are as heirloom as it gets. They trace their history back at least to 1670 in Denmark.
Most farms and attractions along the Fruit Loop are open from at least 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (wineries open at 11 a.m.). For complete information about the Gravenstein Apple Celebration, for a listing of Fruit Loop farms, attractions and individual operating hours, and for an easy-to-follow map, visit the Fruit Loop website.
Printed copies are available at the Hood River County Visitors Center (Hood River exit 64 off Interstate 84), at area restaurants and lodging facilities, and at Fruit Loop locations. Have additional questions? Call the Fruit Loop information number at 541-386-7697.