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                        Gardeners of Somerset Valley
October 2015					From: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT "MEETING": Wednesday, September 21, 7:30 North Branch Reformed Church

Dear GOSV:

Thinking of apples brings to mind the words beautiful, sweet, tart, juicy and crisp and also the show family feud with its zany surveys. Just wondering how apples would fare if one of the questions was name something that makes your mouth water. With a little chill in the air and trees heavy with fruit everyone should be in the mood to taste some delicious apples. Similarly to last month when attendees gorged themselves on just about every type of tomato imaginable, a similar program is on tap next Wednesday where members are asked to bring in their favorite apples. In addition, long time orchardist Fred Yarnell, who grows (9) different varieties will talk about caring for apple trees. And like the tomatoes where the dry hot weather enhanced the flavors and aromas, the word is out that it had the same impact and NJ apples are absolutely delectable this year.

While conducting a little research some interesting facts came to light. Surprisingly apples are part of the rose family, maybe not so much when thinking about the spring bloom. Trees originated in Central Asia and were brought over by colonists. And that’s why perhaps New England has so many heirloom varieties where there is also a strong push to bring these types back into prominence. China grows almost 50% of the world’s apples by volume, and who would guess that Turkey, Italy, India and Poland round out the top six along with the U.S. at #2.

Next week’s meeting should be one of simple fun and pleasure. And no one will complain if you prefer to expand the offerings and bring a baked dish, dessert or a favorite juice/smoothie recipe, the more variety the better. And in reading about heirlooms authors raved about true apple flavor along with hints of vanilla, pineapple and tropical fruit, it would be interesting to see if our group can ascertain these complexities in the event we get to taste some old favorites not typically sold in the supermarkets.

Please reserve the date, the annual GOSV Christmas party will again be held at Christine’s and Craig’s home on 12/5 starting at 2:00 PM. Details to follow in a future e-mail.

Ready for a mouthwatering evening, hope so?