Curran Apple Orchard

It may still be August, but I can feel the change in the air. The sun is setting quicker and when it finally sets behind the big pine trees in our neighborhood the air brings a chill to the darkness. We are still enduring some hot sunny days, but I know they won’t last much longer. Because eventually August will be over and then …

Autumn is coming!

Volunteers were picking apples and cleaning out the ones that had fallen to the ground.
We are trying to enjoy as much of these rain-free days as we possibly can before fall sets in. As a result we’ve been going on a lot of family walks together. Most recently we decided to take a walk around the Curran Apple Orchard in University Place.

Molly, Tori and Cat enjoying the walk during a cool summer day.
The orchard sits on more than seven acres located off Grandview Avenue near Curtis High School. The orchard was created in the 1950s by Mary and Charles Curran as a hobby. It was handed over to the UP residents as a park. There are more than 200 trees and 15 varieties of apples.

Catarina enjoyed playing in the orchard. Thankfully, she never tried to eat any of the apples.
The park is maintained by CORE (Curran Orchard Resource Enthusiasts). Trees can be adopted for $40. Adoptees are required to prune and thin their tree and are able to keep the fruit the tree produces. For those who want to adopt a tree, but cannot maintain their tree they can pay $65 to fund the upkeep to their tree. Public picking takes place during the Cider Squeeze. This year’s event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 30.

There are variety of apples including Macintosh and Golden Delicious.

The orchard had a great sweet apple smell to it.
When we visited the orchard we noticed a lot of rotted apples on the ground. I think the warm weather brought an early harvest. Craig and I are hoping to adopt our own tree for next season. Just think about all the possibilities! Apple pie, apple butter, apple cider, apple cobbler, apple granola and so much more!

Catarina showing that sharing is caring!
 What is your favorite apple recipe? One of my favorites is THIS apple turnover!

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