It's Gravenstein apple season, which means a lot to those in Northern California, especially those who grew up waiting for these few weeks each year when Gravensteins are harvested. Yet today is the day. Today is the day that even if you don't live in Northern California, you can experience the delight that is Gravenstein apples. From August 6 through August 16, The FruitGuys are shipping Gravenstein apples all over the country.
An heirloom variety that is tricky to harvest and doesn't store well and that is grown in Sonoma County, where suburban development and the transformation of orchard land into vineyards seems never-ending, the Gravenstein apple is close to extinction as a commercial crop, despite its great flavor and use as both an eating and baking apple.
The Fruit Guys have partnered with Slow Food Russian River to get just-picked Gravenstein apples to consumers nationwide. The Fruit Guys are selling them at farm-direct prices while also donating 16% of the price of each box back to Sonoma County Gravenstein farmers. Cool deal for everyone. I got an early box of two dozen apples. I meant to make an Old-Fashioned Apple Pie with them, but my my visiting family managed to eat them all out-of-hand before I got a chance. Their tart-sweet flavor and wonderfully crisp texture meant that "Mol, what kind of apples are these?" was asked more than once.