This month’s meeting topic is about making hard cider. Bill Sproules, retired previous owner of Olympic Brewing Supplies on Wheaton Way, will teach us about small batch fermentation. The meeting is at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton, on Thursday, Nov. 9. Doors open at 6:40 pm for social time, and the meeting starts at 7 pm.
Ken Miller from Vashon will be teaching us about biochar at our next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 pm. Ken’s presentation will start promptly at 7 pm. We meet at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton. Doors open at 6:40 pm for social time.
SSFS’s next meeting, Tuesday, October 3rd, 7 pm, will be held in person at GRuB and via Zoom.
We hope you will join us for the presentation “Gardening with Blueberries” from long time blueberry grower Glenn Aldrich, of Aldrich Berry Farm and Nursery, in Mossy Rock, WA.
From Glenn: “My earliest exposure to blueberries would have been about 1943 or ’42. Helped my dad, in a small way, to plant the first commercial blueberries in Lewis County in 1944. Those original plants came from Eberhardt Nursery on Steamboat Island Road and they are still in production. I helped on the farm all through high school & college years and Wisten & I began our ownership in 1964. We have experience with a dozen or two varieties, soil preparation, planting, pruning, weeds, insects & other pests, harvest…the ‘whole works’ and will share what I think I know, including my conclusions about varieties for home gardens vs commercial plantings.”
Location: GRuB(Garden-Raised Bounty) 2016 Elliott Ave NW Olympia, WA 98502
The Peninsula Fruit Club 2023 Fall Fruit Show is just around the corner! Save the date, Oct. 28, and come and taste to your heart’s content. The show opens at 10 am and runs until 4 pm at the West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E Street, Bremerton. Get your mystery apples identified—bring 5 or 6 ripe, unwashed apples of each mystery variety in a paper bag, be sure the stems are still on, and tell us about the tree. If they are ripe before the end of October, please store them in the refrigerator in a paper, not plastic, bag. This year we are accepting leaf samples along with the apples. Bring a 12” stem with leaves in a plastic bag. The plastic bag with leaves can be put inside the paper bag of apples. Come and learn about growing fruit, get your questions answered, stock up on items for next year, and buy something new at the plant and tree sale. We can accept cash, checks, and credit cards. Admission is free.
PENINSULA FRUIT CLUB SEPT 14TH MEETING: Our presenter at the Sept 14 Fruit Club meeting is: Lisa Wasko DeVetter, Associate Professor, Small Fruit Horticulture. Lisa is from Washington State University Northwest Research and Extension Center (WSU NWREC, Mount Vernon). Lisa will give us an update on WSU NWREC’s mission and key projects, including providing info on blueberries. Due to her travel arrangements, Lisa will start presenting at 7:00 p.m. for approximately 40 minutes. The business meeting will be held afterwards. Join us at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton. Doors open at 6:40 p.m.
Our next meeting is TODAY, September 5, 2023, at 7 pm, via Zoom only.
Location: only on Zoom
Topic: Resurrecting an Historic Orchard in Mason County
The pear trees in an orchard in the city of Shelton, in Mason County, some of which were planted by pioneers David and Frances Shelton, are in danger of dying. SSFS has just begun a project to take scion cuttings of these old trees, graft them onto new rootstock, and plant them at nearby Pioneer School District’s campus. Explore the reasons to save these species and other historic orchards in Mason County and what SSFS is contributing to the process.
As always, we encourage members to bring their fruit-related questions to share at the meeting.
Zoom Link: South Sound Fruit Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: Sep 5, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join us Thursday, July 13, for a tool sharpening night. Several different members will show us how they sharpen their pruners and grafting knives. Bring your dull ones and give their suggestions a try. We meet at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton. Doors open at 6:40 pm for socializing. Meeting starts at 7.
PFC member Mike Geiser will talk about fertilizer at our next meeting on Thursday, June 8, at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton. The meeting starts at 7 pm, but doors open early for social time.