Portland Nursery Apple Tasting

5 10 2013

IMG_9336Gather a variety of ripe apples and be tantalized by their vibrant colors and sweet scents. Permission to taste them all for free tempts you to purchase these apples by the pound and continue the indulgence at home. Well, set your needless guilt aside and visit Portland Nursery’s 26th annual Apple Tasting located at 5050 SE Stark in Portland, Oregon 97215. The Apple Tasting festival takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday both weekends of October 11-13 and 18-20, 2013. Come hungry and jump in a line to taste approximately 60 varieties of local apples and pears. Save room for samples from the freshly pressed cider demonstrations and from the smorgasbord of food vendors.

Enjoy live music that reaches all corners of the property. Keep your little ones occupied with activities in the Kids Tent. Observe all the creative entries of the Scarecrow Contest. If you have a winning idea, enter before October 11, 2013 or hold onto it for next year’s contest. IMG_9455-2The photo contest also is open to anyone, but this year’s deadline has expired. Find guidelines and entry forms for both contests online at http://www.portlandnursery.com.  If a bit of drizzle dampens your visit, take refuge under one of several tents protecting all activities from rain.

IMG_8104In the spirit of giving, bring a can of food to donate to the Portland Impact food drive. Also, a portion of your apple and pear sale supports Elders in Action. In fact, Elder Day at Portland Nursery is 1-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16. Portland Nursery sets this time aside to honor elder gardeners by providing tables for visiting, activities, and apple tasting with live music in the background. Seniors also receive special discounts

Friday, October 18 is Field Trip day during the morning and early afternoon, so the nursery will be filled with hundreds of students. Either attend at an alternate time or relax and join in their eagerness.

Portland Nursery’s second location does not host an Apple Tasting and is located at 9000 SE Division in Portland, Oregon 97266. Both locations’ fall-winter hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Contact the Stark nursery at (503) 231-5050 or the Division nursery at (503) 788-9000. Portland Nursery is locally operated and does not ship. See you there!


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