Friday, October 17, 2008

Portland Nursery Apple Festival, you MoFo

Why is this plate empty?  Because it's the best apple!

Hey, hey, hey!  I found myself a new USB cord and have past photographic blogging material to catch up on.  As I've mentioned, last weekend I went to the Portland Nursery's Apple Festival for the third year in a row.  There were over 60 varities of locally grown apples and pears for tasting!  
I've have an all time favorite apple in place since I went apple picking as a young girl in New York, but I'm open to others.  McIntosh, McIntosh, McIntosh is the winner in my heart.  

Living in Portland I'm spoiled again with the freaking multitude of local apples from here and nearby Washington.  No offense, but this girl is not eating an apple shipped from New Zealand any time soon.

Zelda, apples and asian pears

Strawberryrock tries an apple or two or forty.

Sampling rows.

The Juiciest red pear in sampling.

Applefest also includes a scarecrow contest.  Last year my favorite was the Beeker, from the Muppets.  This year, I don't know whether I am impressed or 
simply creeped out by this entry -

They're abandoned baby scarecrows!, dropped off at the Nursery to be raised.  I should feel bad, but instead I'm worried about nightmares.

My favorite pears were Asian - Twentieth Century and Shinseiki.  I had two today already, swoon.  I also picked up a couple other varieties of apples for 89 cents/lb besides McIntosh  - tart ones, naturally.  This weekend is the final festival weekend, if you're in the area and are looking to go!

The next day, I went with friends to the final day of milkshake season at Sip, the all vegan & organic milkshake, smoothie and juice cart outside of People's Coop.  Daily soups and hot cocoa varities coming this week!

Peanut Butter meets Cookies and Creme Milkshake, with Soy Whip


What a fucking indulgence.

My brother, with his Orange Julius Banana Smoothie.  
He's back in NY and missed.  This same night he helped cook dinner and a homemade apple pie for friends, more on that on the next MoFo!

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20 comments:

sweetpotato said...

Oh my gosh! Apple heaven. I love it!!

VeganView said...

OMG what a great place to live in! I love all your fall-fun pictures! That smoothie place sound amazing...

Chelsea said...

No mention of Honey Crisps! They can change a persons life. The best!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I'm just not a fan, I'm sorry : (

We did sample some, though!

I didn't bring my notes with me - I think it was the mini Liberty apples that I had a "delicious babies" note on, weird!

Virginia said...

wow, i know im being ridiculous, but the baby pumpkins really hit me with an overwhelming feeling of sadness =(

i wish i lived in portland...southeast USA sucks.

VeggieGirl said...

Holy yum to EVERYTHING!!! Oh my, I need to get my ass out to Portland.

superextraordinary said...

Pink lady apple and Granny Smith is my favorite! <3
Portland always has something fun going on and you are always giving me awesome news about them. I love Portland even more!

kindkitchen said...

60 different kinds of locally grown apples!? Whhhew. That's amazing.

Those scarecrow babies are a little bit horrifying...

And don't get me started on that shake! Yummm.

Lily Girl said...

As sweetpotato said, apple heaven! I'm jealous :)

Jeni Treehugger said...

The scarecrow babies well freaked me out. So I read your blog back to front and was mightily content with the Apple porn.

UndergroundCooking said...

That's fucking amazing!! A vegan milkshake cart! It's the most fantastic thing I've ever heard of! It's a long way from Sweden to Portland, but i'm sure it's worth it. I'm coming!

DJ said...

apples everywhere! And I love red anjou pears - soooo sweet!

tofufreak said...

woah! applefest sounds like fun :D so. many. apples. !!!!

that smoothie is giving me horrible cravings!!! yum :D

theveganfoodie said...

I love apples!! Though I have to ammit that I was a little sad when peach season left but now I got apples to comfort me!

Chelsea said...

Wow, I've never heard of the Apple Festival! I'm missing out!

P.S. You've been tagged! Show us the contents of your freezer, lady!

julie hasson said...

Apples!! That's an amazing array of samples there Jess.

Can you believe I haven't tried tried the milkshake cart yet? I guess I'll have to wait until next year.

Eric said...

That apple festival looks awesome! I'm moving to the southern Seattle area in a few months and I'm so excited because I'll be closer to Portland.

Bummer about Sip closing their shakes for the season, I was looking forward to stopping there on my move to Washington, but it looks like they'll feature soups and hot cocoa....a fitting replacement :)

Vegyogini said...

What a wonderful way to spend a day! Back when all TJ's had were apples from New Zealand and Chile, I was a very sad Vegyogini indeed. It was a long summer before the Washington apples returned!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Apple tasting sounds like the best thing EVER. I adore apples so so so much.

Sarah said...

just catching up on your blog - i would die for that milkshake right now!!