Evening Harvest Walk Series- back by popular demand!!!

This was such a popular and super fun event last year, we decided to do it again!  Here is what one of last years attendants had to say about the series:

This past summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to join Tonia, the arboretum manager, as she provided an guided tour of the orchard.   The three Harvest Walks were scheduled one Saturday evening in the months of July, August and September.    To keep the event intimate, Tonia kept the attendance to a maximum of 25 people, and each event was sold out (or close to it).  Most people signed up for all 3 events, and it was lovely to see the same faces months after month.
The Harvest Walk began with an amazing assortment of foods prepared by professional chefs (?) and (?).  They did an amazing job of incorporating the different fruits of the orchard in with their offerings.  Who would have imagined that grapes would go so well with focaccia bread, or that the pineapple guava petals (which taste like the “sweettarts” candy) could be infused to flavor in cake?
 
Everyone enjoyed themselves getting to know each other while eating the amazing food.   I was so excited to be able to talk with others who shared my love of fruit trees.
Once everyone was finished eating, Tonia gathered the group and led us throughout the demonstration gardens and the orchard.  Walking through the orchard, Tonia talked about ripeness indicators, proper harvestingtechniques, and answered all of our questions.   We were able to sample so many of the orchard’s different types of fruits including, but not limited to plums, blueberries, apples, pears, currants and grapes.   And because the orchard has so many different varieties of each of these fruits, many times we were able to sample and compare the varieties to understand the nuances and uniqueness of each.
At the end of the lively evening, each person was loaded down with an assortment of freshly picked fruit from the orchard to take home.
All in all, it was a wonderful, fun filled educational evening & I’m looking forward to attending the Harvest Walks next summer!
-Lori Miller

Details:

Join our arboretum manager, Tonia on an informal guided tour of our lovely demonstration gardens. We will talk about ripeness indicators, proper harvesting techniques, post harvest handling, and all sorts of other fruit growing related stuff as we leisurely stroll through the orchard tasting ripe and not so ripe fruit straight of the trees, shrubs, and vines that share their bounty with us each harvest season.

Non alcoholic beverages will be provided as well as a few homemade appetizers, crafted by HOS fan Sarah Smith, with seasonal fruits from around the orchard. Every attendant will go home with a small box of fruit.

Tickets are pre-sold only!  There are NO tickets available at the door.

Single Event (per person) $30 for non-members $25 for members

Whole Series (per person) $80 for non-members $65 for members

We have 3 dates(7/21, 8/25, 9/22)

Contact Tonia for ticketing information: arboretum@homeorchardsociety.org

What to include in your email: how many tickets you would like, the full name of everybody in your party, and whether you want the series or a single event.