On Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and 22nd, the All About Fruit Show takes place at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, Oregon. We are in the main pavilion, with parking right across the street. Hours are 10am to 4pm. Admission for HOS members is $5 per person, $10 per family. For non-members, the admission is $7 per person and $12 per family. Admission is free if you are new member joining that day. Tell your friends its a great bargain.
Displayed for tasting are hundreds of different varieties of apples, and pears, plus grapes, kiwi, and other selections. It’s a good opportunity to choose the fruits to grow in your own yard. Select the ones that taste the best and then go to the “Make a Tree” table and order trees to be custom grafted for pickup in the spring. Most heirloom varieties are not available for purchase at your local nursery, so this is your opportunity to grow fruit “the likes of which” you’ll never find in a grocery store.
Our panel of experts will be available to answer all manner of questions about fruit growing. They have decades of experience and are happy to share their knowledge. Look for the “Information” sign; they’ll be looking for you.
Lowell Cordas, the tool man, will have untold numbers of gardening and orcharding tools available for purchase. Check out his booth. He has excellent quality merchandise. he will also have his sharpening equipment set up, so bring your pruners, loppers, knives, etc., and for a modest price, get them sharpened and ready to make the perfect cut!
Don’t miss the “Identification” corner. If you have an unknown apple tree in your yard or orchard, bring some samples of the tree to the ID folks and they will try to determine its identity. the guidelines for successful apple ID are as follows:
Bring 5 or 6 good samples from each tree
Do NOT wash or polish the fruit
Leave the stem on the apple
Bring a few leaf samples
Make a map with the tree location
Keep your samples in the refrigerator if it will be more than a few days between picking time and show time
Make a note of the date of picking
It’s helpful if you have information about the age of the tree. For example, was the house built in the 1970’s and the tree planted at that time? Is it an old orchard that was planted in the early 1900s? These are questions and answers needed to put the tree in its correct era.
One Green World Nursery will have a large display of trees, shrubs and small fruits available for purchase. Their knowledgeable staff will be happy to tell you about some of the more unusual fruits you can grow in your own yard.
The Home Orchard Society Arboretum will have fruit for sale, as well as empty mason bee tubes and fruit socks. Our Arboretum manager, Tonia Lordy, will be happy to answer questions and share hints on growing the best fruit. She also has HOS hats and T-shirts for sale. (You’ll look good sporting the HOS logo!)
Two local vendors will be offering samples of honey and cheese. Be sure to stop by their booths. And when you are ready for a break, check out our Lunch Lady area. She has coffee, soft drinks, hot lunches, cookies, and snacks, as well as a place to sit and enjoy.
The All About Fruit Show is a great family event. There are good things to taste, new things to learn, and questions that can be answered. It’s an overall great experience!
Join us on October 21st and 22nd.
Speaker Schedule for All About Fruit Show
11:00am- Glen Andresen, Honey Bees in the Orchard
12:30pm- Jim Oliphant, Small Fruit in the Orchard
2:00pm- Joseph Postman, New Apples, Pears, and Quince
11:00am- Jim Gilbert, Unique Fruit Varieties for the Pacific Northwest
12:30pm- John Saltveit, Mixing Other Edibles in Your Orchard