I hope everyone’s winter is going well. The weather is mighty chilly and the days are short. Nevertheless, Red Jacket still has a large variety of heirloom apples to help you get through these cold days. If you are not a winter CSA member, you can still get your fix at the farmers’ markets. Need some ideas on what to do with your apples beyond munching on them raw? Check out our website – we’ve got a bunch of really fun recipes!
If you’re interested in heirloom apples or simply would like to meet Farmer Mike, join us at Third Ward in a class on heirloom apples: get an overview of their history, the shocking and delightful variety (with over 1,000 types and names such as Cox Orange Pippin, Winter Banana, and Graniwinkle) and learn about the work being done by farms like Red Jacket Orchards to bring them back from the edge of extinction and onto your dinner table. You will learn about the diversity of heirloom apple varieties and their uses. We will have a tasting of different hard-to-find varieties, heirloom apple ciders, and, the best use of heirloom apples, hard cider.
Instructor Mike Biltonen is the director of Farm Operations at Red Jacket Orchards. He is a lifelong farmer with a passion for great tasting, sustainably grown food. With over 25 years experience farming here, there, and everywhere, he also loves to teach about what he’s learned over the years. But mostly he just likes to farm and eat heirloom apples with friends and foodies alike.
When: December 16, 2010 from 7:00 – 9:30pm
Where: Third Ward, Brooklyn
Cost: $15 for Third Ward Members, $20 for non members
Purchase tickets here.
**Reprinted from the Red Jacket Orchards CSA newsletter. Thanks, Wen-Jay!