PFC Nov. 10 – Mushrooms

PFC member Susan Anderson will be giving us a presentation about growing mushrooms this Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 pm in the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., in Bremerton.  We will be building kits to grow oyster mushrooms.  Please bring a clear plastic bag about 15-18” long (like a newspaper bag) and a twist tie and extra bags and ties if you have them.  We will also elect next year’s officers.

PFC 2016 Fall Fruit Show

Just a reminder—the Peninsula Fruit Club Fall Fruit Show is this coming Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 to 4 at the West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E Street, Bremerton  98312.  Bring your mystery apples for identification, and visit us for a fun day of fruit tasting.

PFC Oct. 6 – Asian pears

Our meeting this month is early—the first Thursday rather than the second Thursday.  Jim Gerlach from Nashi Orchards on Vashon and a member of the Vashon Island Fruit Club is going to talk to us about growing Asian pears and how to make perry.  Join us at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd. in Bremerton at 7 pm on Oct. 6.

PFC Sept. 8 – Columnar Apple Tree Research Project

Our very own PFC President Mike Geiser will be the speaker at our meeting on Thursday, September 8.  Mike will be telling us about the research project our club has started—breeding for a new columnar apple.  Pollen from columnar apples was applied to blossoms on several other varieties this spring.  Seeds from the resulting apples will be planted to see if any display the columnar trait.  Join us at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd. in Bremerton at 7 pm on Sept. 8 to learn details about the project.

SSFS Sept 6 Meeting : Soil Test Analysis

At the Sept 6th meeting of the South Sound Fruit Society, Dave Nygard of the Thurston County Soil Conservation District will speak on soil tests and understanding the soil test results. The meeting will be on the first Tuesday in Sept at the Eastside Farm and Garden, 2326 4th Ave E., Olympia from 7 – 8.

PFC August 11 – Raspberries

Join us Thursday, August 11 at 7 pm in the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., in Bremerton to hear Trent Trapp speak to us about growing raspberries and his u-pick raspberry business.  Please bring some ripe fruit so members can sample what’s available this time of year.

Growing Grapes and Making Wine – SSFS August 2 Meeting

Mike Lempriere of Perennial Vinters on Bainbridge Island will be speaking and showing slides at the August 2 South Sound Fruit Society meeting at 7 PM at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden , 2326 4th Ave E., Olympia, 98506

PFC July 14 – Questions & Answers

Our meeting this month will be a question and answer session. Bring all your questions about growing fruit, and we will try to answer them. Join us Thursday, July 14, at 7 pm in the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton and try to stump the panel!

WWFRF Hosts Kiwi/Fig Day, 7/16

Saturday, July 16, Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF), based at the WSU Mt. Vernon display gardens, will replace their cherry day with a  Kiwi/Fig Workshop and Fruit Sampling Day beginning at 10:30 am. Check their website for details:

They hope to have blueberries and some plums for people to take home. There will also be a demonstration of summer pruning of apple/pear trees and a demonstration of bud grafting.

This event is free to WWFRF members and $15 for non-members.

They are also asking that anyone who has kiwis would check them for signs of AYLS (Actinidia Yellow Leaf Spot). Go to  for more information and to report whether your plants are affected. This will help Kiwibob to map which areas are affected.

10:15        Registration
10:30-11:30       Kiwi and fig workshop
11:30-12:15       Fruit Sampling
12:15-1:15       Summer pruning of apple trees and bud grafting demonstration


Summer BeeLine posted

The WCFS newsletter The BeeLine has been posted in the Members Only section. The topics include: WA Fair WCFS Booth, AYLS in kiwifruit, Erik Simpson’s Nut Trees, Chestnuts on Olympic Peninsula, Safe Mushrooming, Apple bitter pit, Summer Pruning of Apples and Pears, Cherry Fruit Bud Hardiness, Sour cherry research, Cherry crisp recipe, High-Tunnel Peaches, Beekeeping, Plants that repel bugs.