Food

Glean Scene

How do you like them apples?

Attend

What: Bellingham Extra CiderHead Project

Where: Honey Moon, 1053 N. State St. (in the alley)

More:

WHEN: Now through the end of September

Info: 734-0728 or http://www.honeymoonmeads.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I recently came to the realization that the three giant bags of frozen Italian plums that are in my freezer from last summer’s harvest will have to be moved soon to make way for the plums that are currently ripening on the fruit tree.

I’ve made plans to give the still-viable produce to friends—which is likely what I’ll also do with the frozen blackberries from last year, the zucchini I once again over-planted and whatever else is currently growing at accelerated rates.

Judging by the responses I received on my Facebook page concerning the Great Plum Giveaway, a lot of people are in the same boat regarding the amount of fruit and vegetables they have in their possession in ratio to how much they can consume. (“We’ll put them with the 10,000 Italian plums we already have,” one friend commented.)

I don’t have any apple trees on my property, but if I did I’d be giving serious consideration to Honey Moon Mead & Cider’s second annual Bellingham Extra CiderHead Project, which asks residents to contribute apples to the craft cider project from now through the end of September. In return, they’ll receive a voucher for a portion of the finished product—which is expected to be released in mid-October.

“Part community service, part pomological adventure, the goal of this project is to produce a quintessentially local hard cider from fruit that would otherwise go unharvested or unused—the ‘extra’ apples that are growing quite literally in our own backyards,” Honey Moon’s Anna Evans says.

Those who want to donate their orbs to the cause can either drop off the fruit at Honey Moon’s tasting room in the alley behind Pepper Sisters or contact the mead headquarters to have a crew come pluck the fruit.

Even if you’re not sure what kind of apples you have, Evans says they’ll take them—whether they’re crab apples, gnarly apples or fruit from unidentified trees. In fact, last year’s vintage contained juice from dozens of different varieties, including “mystery” fruit, “all of which can add complexity and boost the acid profile of the finished cider,” she says.

In its first year, the finished product sold out quickly, and organizers are hoping to at least double the volume of this year’s offering. So keep an eye on your apples, and consider sipping on the fruits of your labor.

More Food...
Terramar Brewing
Making a splash in Edison

The small town of Edison in Skagit County is a miniature food mecca, with multiple restaurants, pubs, a great deli and a world-class bakery. Until recently, however, it has not had a brewery or a pizzeria. That has now been corrected, since Terramar Brewing opened its doors a few months…

more »
Pomegranate Party
A festive addition to the table

As holiday talk builds to a festive pitch, and the cold darkness moves to embrace you, don’t sleep on pomegranate season. It’s on, and ready to sneak back into your life.

With a fresh pomegranate in your palm, you have magic at your fingertips. Wave your hand, and food becomes more…

more »
Thanks Day
Holiday helpers at Bellingham Farmers Market

I have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, but I’m less than enthused about my store of garden goods from last summer’s harvest.

While my freezer is bursting with raspberries and blackberries and I’ve got enough garlic in the shed to last until next July, I didn’t glean enough…

more »
Events
Today
Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Bellingham Public Market

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Coffee Brewing Class

2:00pm|Camber Coffee

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Splitboard 101

6:00pm|REI

Sparkling Wines

6:30pm|Cordata Community Food Co-op

Celtic Christmas Concert

6:30pm|Anacortes Transit Shed Events Center

Marina Albero Trio

7:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

O Christmas Tea

7:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Tomorrow
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

Holiday Favorites

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

The Naughty List Market and Cabaret

2:00pm|Broadway Hall

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Songs of Peace with Kulshan Youth Choir

5:30pm|First Congregational Church

Bellwether Premiere Wine Social

5:30pm|Lighthouse Grill

Holiday Party

6:00pm|Camber Coffee

DSA Movie Night

6:00pm|Academic West

Winter Pop-Up with Taylor Shellfish

6:00pm|Aslan Depot

Peaceful Poetry Reading

6:30pm|Village Books

Shrek the Musical

7:00pm|Burlington-Edison High School

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Storm Music Extravaganza

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Treasure Island

7:00pm|Sehome High School Theater

Peace, Love, and Ukuleles

7:00pm|Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

Avalanche Awareness

7:00pm|Backcountry Essentials

History Holiday

7:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Friday
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

The Naughty List Market and Cabaret

2:00pm|Broadway Hall

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Treasure Island

7:00pm|Sehome High School Theater

Shrek the Musical

7:00pm|Burlington-Edison High School

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Wild Things

9:30am|Connelly Creek Nature Area

Toys for Tots

10:00am

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am| Sunset Square

Holiday Tea

11:00am|Willowbrook Manor

Holiday Craft Bazaar

3:30pm|Lynden Library

Drayton Harbor Shellebration

4:00pm|G Street Plaza

Gingerbread House Making

4:30pm|Ferndale Library

Christmas on the Docks

5:00pm|Cap Sante Marina

Photos and Stories with James K. Papp

5:00pm|Gallery Pegasus

Wonderland Walk

5:00pm|Washington Park

Valley Made Holiday Market

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Kids Night Out @ Western

6:00pm|Western Washington University

Lost Feast

7:00pm|Village Books

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Darkness and Light

7:30pm|St. James Presbyterian Church

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Christmastime is Here with Skagit Symphony

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Tarnation and Holiday Games

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

see our complete calendar »