The Cashiers Historical Society is sponsoring its 2009 Heritage Apple Day on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Cashiers Community Center. This popular annual event celebrates our region's history by identifying and preserving ancient apple varieties throughout the Valley and in surrounding communities.
Folks are encouraged to bring cuttings from their favorite apple trees, even those that have long since produced fruit, to graft onto the provided rootstock - all free of charge. Also on hand will be a large supply of cuttings (scions) for grafting.
Due to the success of last year's event almost 200 young apple trees are now entering their second season, soon to be offering fruit for many generations.
In fact, the number of rootstock purchased this year has been doubled to over 400 in order to meet the anticipated demand. This is a great opportunity for the young, and young at heart, to contribute to the environment by planting their own fruit tree.
Cashiers'own apple grower and researcher, Trevor Howard, will join old-timey apple collector Tom Brown in providing a demonstration of apple grafting techniques. NCSU Area Agriculture Agent, Christine Bredenkamp, will be on hand to offer tips on site selection, preparation, pollination requirements, pest control, and training & pruning. Anyone interested in gardening, orchards, natural landscaping, or the social heritage of apple growing will benefit from the knowledge and experience offered by this trio of experts.
Also featured will be a variety of apple crafts, apple recipes, and of course, bobbing for apples. Everyone bringing a favorite apple dish to enter in the recipe contest will receive a complimentary year's membership to the Historical Society. In addition, local author and historian Jane Nardy will be on hand to chat about apples, regional heritage, and other interesting lore & legend.
Preserving apple varieties developed in the Cashiers Valley is a healthy, delicious, and fun way to learn about local history. Find a favorite apple tree, young or old, producing or not, and bring a cutting by the Community Center. The admission is free; the apple trees are free; and complimentary refreshments will be served.
For more information call the Cashiers Historical Society at (828) 743-7710 - or simply come out on March 28.
Article courtesy of the CrossroadsChronicle Online.