Apple aficionados, rejoice. Gravenstein apples, which are in season only for two to three weeks, are making their way from Sebastopol in Northern California to the this Sunday.
If you were to head up to Sebastopol this weekend, you’d find yourself in the thick of the weekend-long Gravenstein Festival, where you could purchase as many of these apples as you like. However, thanks to Mar Vista Farmers’ Market manager Diana Rodgers, you’ll be able to purchase them right here Sunday, when the market holds its very own mini Gravenstein Festival. Rodgers personally made the trek up to Walker Farm on Friday evening to pick up the apples.
So what’s so special about Gravenstein apples? According to Slow Food USA, this heirloom apple is considered to be not only one of the best apples to eat, but also to bake with. Slow Food USA promises that the Gravenstein is “a fine balance of sweet and tart, its full-bodied flavor intensifies when made into sauce, juice, cider or vinegar. The apples also hold their shape beautifully in pies and tarts.”
So now’s the time to dig up your best apple pie recipe and bring your eco-friendly bags to the market to pick up the choicest apples of the season. And when you see Rodgers walking round the market as she does each Sunday, be sure to thank her for taking the time and effort to bring this great bounty to Mar Vista.