Henderson County Apple Tour – Sat., Aug. 30

Henderson County Apple Tour

Saturday, August 30, 2014 – 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

1st Stop: CountyTree Fruit Variety Block, Dana Vicinity
2nd Stop: Coston’s Apple House Edneyville Vicinity
3rd Stop: Justus Orchards Fruitland Vicinity

Depart Henderson County Cooperative Extension Center Parking Lot, 100 Jackson Park, Hendersonville, NC

Information Call: (828) 697-4891

Sponsors: NC Cooperative Extension and the Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association

Tour d’ Apple Bike Tour – Labor Day – Sept. 1

Tour d’ Apple Bike Tour

Labor Day – Monday, September 1, 2014

A series of three bicycle rides ranging from the Jonagold Jaunt – a 45-miles with 2,500 ascent (New Ride for 2014) to the Honey Crisp Unbelievable Century – a 100-miler that passes the county’s apple orchards and features a total elevation gain of 8,000 feet in six climbs, including Sugaloaf Mountain, Terry’s Gap, Pinnacle Mountain and Jump Off Rock. For more information visit www.TourDApple.com. Ride registration will be available through Go-Green Events.

Tour d’ Apple Bike Tour Registration

NC Apple Festival – Labor Day Weekend

NC Apple Festival – Hendersonville Street Fair

August 29 – September 1, 2013 – Labor Day Weekend

2014-NCAppleFestivalEach Labor Day weekend for more than 66 years, locals and visitors celebrate Henderson County’s Mountain Heritage by attending the NC Apple Festival in Downtown Hendersonville. The NC Apple Festival and Street Fair covers nine blocks in Downtown Hendersonville’s Historic Main Street extending from 6th Avenue to Caswell Street. There are 200 vendors, including arts and crafts and food vendors. Look for 14 apple growers and Hendersonville NC apples, children’s and youth activities, special exhibits, open houses, food vendors, and continuous live entertainment. More About the History of the NC Apple Festival

2014 NC Apple Festival Brochure

From August 29 – September 1, 2013 you can enjoy 4 days of fun from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to until after the King Apple Parade. Joines us for one of the best known Street Fairs in the Carolinas with Freshly Picked Apples, Arts & Crafts, Festival Food and FREE Entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s Beautiful Main Street.

Winter Apple School – February 5, 2014

The 2014 Winter Apple School, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association, will be held on February 5, 2014 at the Blue Ridge Community College – Blue Ridge Conference Hall.  All members, please plan to register and attend.

Pre-Registration Form – 2014 Apple School – Pre-Registration Deadline – January 27, 2014

Apple Orchard Bicycle EcoTour – Sept. 2nd

6 Mile Bicycle Tour through Apple Country During the NC Apple Festival

Sunday September 2, 2012, 10:00 am

Gather at Sycamore Cycles in downtown Hendersonville at 9:30 am for a 10:00 am start. Enjoy a leisurely 6 mile bike ride over rolling hills and back roads through apple country to the NCCES (North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service) Apple Variety Block in Dana. After enjoying some apple snacks and a tour of this experimental orchard, it’s on to another orchard and then back to Main Street and the Apple Festival. To ensure the safety of all participants, Hendersonville Police will provide a motorcycle escort.

2012 NC Apple Festival Apple Orchard Bicycle ECO Tour Registration Form

Farm Tour of WNC Farms

ASAP’s Farm Tour

September 22 & 23, 2012

For one weekend every fall, the gates and barns of WNC farms open to the public for the Family Farm Tour — even those farms that don’t normally allow visitors! The self-guided driving tour is your chance to learn how food grows, taste farm-fresh treats, interact with farm animals, and meet the community’s food producers. How does it work? Buy an admission button, pack your car with your family or a group of friends, grab a tour guide, and set off to celebrate the region’s agricultural heritage and enjoy our beautiful rural landscape!

Contact ASAP for more details: 828-236-1282

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Business of Farming Conference, Feb. 25th

Are you currently farming or seriously considering farming as a profession? Then join Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), local farmers, agriculture professionals, and business and marketing specialists for a day-long conference with 90-minute learning sessions designed just for you. The event also offers opportunities to meet with restaurant and wholesale buyers.

When: Saturday, February 25th, 2012, 8:30 am-5 pm  Check in: 8-8:30 am  Conference Schedule

Where: Warren Wilson College: 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa, NC 28778

Cost: $30 per person or $45 for two farm partners before February 1st

$35 per person or $50 for two farm partners after February 1st

Register Online Now!

Conference registration includes your choice of workshops, meetings with restaurant and wholesale buyers, a locally sourced breakfast and lunch, and a comprehensive resource notebook.

Questions?: Call us at 828-236-1282.

Winter Apple School – February 1, 2012

The 2012 Winter Apple School is rapidly approaching. The date is Feb. 1st at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall, Hendersonville.Registration and Exhibits are open at 7:45 a.m. with the regular program at 8:55 a.m. In addition to the full day of educational programs, you will have the opportunity to visit the commercial exhibitors, plus meet and visit with other growers.This year’s educational program includes speakers with a wide range of expertise. Topics such as marketing, planting systems, plant growth, orchard management, disease, cold storage,  and more.

Registration fee and annual dues for the 2012 Winter Apple School are $20 and are payable at the door. The cost of registration includes lunch.

The program agenda is listed below. For more information please contact Ivy Olson, NCCES Henderson County Center, at 828-697-4891.

2012 Apple School Agenda

Campaign to Promote Local Foods

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