I hope this message finds you well amongst the changing seasons! Now that fall is upon us its time to start collecting nuts, and in my case time to start pressing apples. With a bumper crop year I’m making a lot of hard cider to enjoy throughout the year to come. It has been a good season not only for tree fruits but also for many of the nut crops as well. The first of the pawpaws are starting to ripen and that brings us to some exciting news—
This fall we’ll be hosting pawpaw enthusiast and famous pawpaw breeder, Neal Peterson! On Wednesday, October 20th Neal will be giving a talk at Zingerman’s creamery in Ann Arbor, MI; The evening will also feature a pawpaw gelato making demonstration. The evening’s activities will run from 5:30-8PM; there is a $5 fee for attendants and will be a 35 person cap so mark the date and register early! Visit http://www.zingermanscreamery.com to find out more and pre-register. We hope to see some of our members show up to this as well as the general public. The following day, Wednesday the 21st, will be our annual fall meeting. This is later than usual but since Neal will be in town we wanted to focus the meeting around his visit. Rogers Reserve will be our meeting place once again and Neal will join us for the day to talk about pawpaws, walk the orchard, and check out the pawpaw processing infrastructure at Rogers Reserve. We’ll be starting with our potluck at noon. As always we encourage bringing a dish to pass. Fall meetings are exciting as they often feature unique dishes made with farm fresh ingredients like black walnuts, persimmons, pawpaws, and more!
As nut harvesting season approaches remember our annual tradition of Nut Evaluation Day. We hope to have more entries every year; maybe you’ll have that winning hickory nut entry! Find out more about nut evaluation day on our website and stay posted for a date/time. For beginning orchardists, whose trees may not be bearing yet, consider buying some chestnuts from CGI (Chestnut Growers Inc.). Their products can be found at Whole Foods Markets as well as Meijer grocery stores. They also have an online store where you can mail order fresh chestnuts along with a range of other products like chestnut flour and chestnut slices. The flour is a delicious gluten free alternative for bread making and baked goods.
Also don’t forget that fall can be a great time to plant! I’ll be adding a few trees to my orchard this fall as well as planning for spring projects. Along with that im finishing up a two year grant funded research project focused on apple orchard renovation for cider production. I’ll be happy to share the results with our group when the final report is ready. As a reminder we’re working to improve the usefulness of our online presence, so be sure to check the website every so often for updates, http://www.michigannut.org. Thank you all for your participation and contributions each year! I hope to see you at the fall meeting.
Trevor Newman, President