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Chew on This! Lost (and Found) Apples of the Inland NW
November 14/5:30 pm - 7:30 pm$12 - $15
Guest speaker David Benscoter will be speaking about the rich history of apple growing in eastern Washington. The first homesteaders found apples the single most important fruit to grow. Later, commercial orchards from Walla Walla to Deer Park sprang up, many in 5 or 10 acre parcels. While most of the old commercial orchards have been chopped down to make room for wheat and other crops, apples grown for the settlers personal use can still be found tucked away in ravines or behind someone’s barn. Many of the varieties once grown for personal use are now considered extinct; David searches for these lost varieties and the stories behind them.
A retired federal law enforcement agent, David Benscoter has dedicated the last several years exploring the world of “antique” apples. His research findings have been published in fruit association publications and newspapers, including the New York Times. He has also been filmed on Steptoe Butte in Whitman County for an upcoming documentary on heritage fruits. His intention is to continue to search for apple varieties, known to have been grown or sold in eastern Washington in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, that are now considered extinct.