Most of us celebrate this apple as a great sauce or pie apple, due to it’s pectin filled texture and amazing aroma. But did you know that diced and sautéed, thrown in with some corn flour, this lil’ cutie makes a mean Gravenstein Apple Hushpuppy?!!! Yes, at any point of the Gravenstein Apple Fair, when you smell that cinnamon apple aroma enticing you to ‘come hither’……follow your nose to Backyard’s booth for a delicious, Sonoma heritage treat. Or stop by the restaurant for a scoop of Gravenstein apple ice cream. Sautéed apples with a hint of cinnamon, vanilla, local cream and farm eggs make for an amazing hot August treat.
Hopefully some of you made it to our favorite farmer’s market last Sunday, the Sebastopol Farmer’s Market, and tried my cast iron Gravenstein apple cobbler. I had a great time hanging out next to the apple press Slow Food Russian River has so generously made available to our community.
We are fortunate, for the second year in a row, we have had a food booth at The Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol. As some of you may know, this fair celebrates the Gravenstein apple, and Sonoma County’s agricultural heritage to it. Grown only in Sonoma county, and with many land owners desire to plant more grape vines, this apple has now landed on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste list. We are proud to be a member of Sonoma County Farm Trails, and their commitment to keeping this apple planted for generations to come.
Till next year my sweet friend.