Grist Mill moves up Apple Day

An early harvest has prompted the Grist Mill and

Gardens to pick a different date for Apple Day.


An early harvest has prompted the Grist Mill and

Gardens to pick a different date for Apple Day and

scrambling to find heritage variety apples.

Christ Mathieson, manager of the Grist Mill

said because harvest is about two to three weeks

early he’s decided to move Apple Day up from

Thanksgiving Monday to September 20 the same

day as the Heritage Fall Fair.

“Everything is insanely early. It’s not a bad thing

but it’s weird,” he said. “For us it creates a problem

because our Apple Day is usually the middle of

October but there won’t be a lot of heritage apples

in their prime at that time.”

There are about 40 different varieties of heritage

apples in the Grist Mill orchard but only about 20

made fruit this year.

Mathieson said Apple Day is a chance to educate

people about all the different apples that were once

grown, so he’s hoping local orchardists or even people

that might have a tree or two in their backyard

might contact him so their apples can be on display.

“Nowadays you only see a few varieties of

apples in grocery stores, the commercial varieties

that everyone knows. We want to educate people

about kinds they’ve never even heard about before,”

he said.

Although changing the date means Grist Mill

goers will have an apple jam packed day September

20, Mathieson said he needs to find some new volunteers

to help that day.

“A lot of the people that would usually help will

be out in the orchards,” he said.

Activities that day include delicious apple pie

contest, the apple race down the creek, apple displays

and maybe even bobbing for apples.

The second annual Heritage Fall Fair will be held

the same day.

Judges will be busy inspecting entries in categories

from preserving, baking, produce, flower

arrangement and more.

“It’s a fun day. It’s a chance for everyone to

showcase what they do,” he said

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