2011 Cloud Mountain Fall Fruit Festival

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Category : Events, Farm Stands, On the Farm

2010 Cloud Mountain - Pink Pearl AppleIf you’ve never been to one of Cloud Mountain’s Fall Fruit Festivals, next weekend is an opportunity to share the joy! If you’ve been to one before, we’ll see you there!

Cloud Mountain Farm Center, located at 6906 Goodwin Rd., east of Everson, will be hosting their 22nd Annual Fruit Festival, Saturday, October 1 from 10am-5pm, and on Sunday, October 2 from 11am – 4pm. Fruit sampling of over 200 varieties of apples, European and Asian pears, kiwis, table and wine grapes, cider, and jams and jellies of unusual small fruits will take place throughout both days.

I recommend planning a strategy in advance for the tasting. The number of varieties can be overwhelming, so you might want to focus on particular types of apples–heirloom, sweet, tart, red, green, pioneer Whatcom varieties, easy to grow varieties, brand new varieties this year, etc. The people staffing the tasting tables are incredibly knowledgeable and can answer just about any apple related question you can think to ask.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center is a newly formed non-profit organization. This new project will build on what Tom and Cheryl Thornton have created over the last 30 years. The farm will become an educational and training center for market farmers and consumers. All of the existing crops and plant material will continue to be grown at the farm with many new projects in the works. The Thorntons will lead this effort as staff of the new farm center.

The music this year will feature Bridge. The members of Bridge have performed with each other in various musical configurations over the past decade. Cloud Mountain Farm Center brings them all together for the first time to celebrate the fall harvest. Influenced and inspired by blues, jazz, folk and rock, the band bridges these musical genres through original songs and instrumentals and a wide range of cover tunes. Seattle musician Brian Butler will cross many bridges on his journey north to join Whatcom County musicians Brian Cunningham, Cary Stevens, Keith Carpenter and Lynne Givler. The guitars,
mandolin, percussion, bass, harmonica and vocals of Bridge will beckon you to the grassy dance floor in one tune and pull you into the relaxing rural landscape in the next.

Nursery plants for fall planting will be for sale with special prices. Other events and activities include Julia’s Pumpkins, fun projects for kids, and cider pressing. Mallards Ice Cream will be available featuring fruit picked specifically for the various flavors offered at the festival. Call the farm for more details, 360-966-5859. Admission is $3.50/person or $9.00/carload. Children under 5 are free. Please no dogs. All proceeds will benefit Cloud Mountain Farm Center.

Visit the farm for a tasty and festive weekend for the whole family!

(Read my article about the 2010 Festival.)

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