Luther Burbank Experiment Farm to host community apple press

This apple season the Luther Burbank Experiment Farm is hosting a community apple press where visitors can bring apples and, for free, make fresh apple juice. The press is offered by the local chapter of Slow Food and will be available most weekends throughout apple season.

All you need to bring is apples and plastic containers. (No glass please, to avoid breakage.) A Slow Food volunteer familiar with operation of the press will be on site and there will be facilities for you to wash and cut your apples to prepare them for the press. You can reserve a time to use the press by going to Slow Food Russian River | Apple Press.  .

A video showing the press in operation can be seen at Video of Pressing Apples . Contact information on all the apple farmers of Sonoma County can be found on the Slow Food web site, at Sonoma County Apple Farmers

If you can resist drinking the delicious juice right away, you may want to freeze it for use later. Why drink a daily glass of orange juice that probably originated in Florida, when you can drink juice from a fruit grown right here? 

Support your local farmers and contribute to a more sustainable and resilient economy.

So this year don’t let any apples go to waste from your (or your neighbor’s) backyard trees. Collect and bring them to the Farm and make your own juice. And if you don’t have access to backyard apples, visit one of the local apple growers, or buy apples from a farmers market or any of the enlightened grocery stores in the County.

ABOVE: Bob Burke fills the hopper with apples to be pressed on the first day of the Community Apple Press event held at Luther Burbank Experiment Farm on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

ABOVE RIGHT: Owen Walsh presses fresh apple juice.

RIGHT: Owen Walsh and Tamar Bland feed apples into the apple press.

Western Sonoma County Historical Society presents:

12th Annual Barbara Bull Memorial Cemetery Walk
October 10 & 11, 2014
Seating Both Nights: 5:30, 6:15, 7:00, & 7:45
$35 per person
Early Bird Special: 5:30 seating $30 per person

Advanced Tickets Only
This is a sell-out event every year.
Reserves your tickets early to get preferred date and time.

Call: 707.823.0884 or 707.823.1900 for info/tickets

Admission Includes

  • Soup & Salad Supper
  • 6 all-new historical vignettes
  • Homemade apple dessert & coffee served in the historical Burbank Farm Cottage
  • Door prizes


  • There is a lot of walking on uneven cemetery ground and stairs
  • Kids under 16 won't find much to entertain themselves (No Discount)
  • Parking at St. Stephens Church (Directions)
  • Don't forget your flashlight
All proceeds benefit
Western Sonoma County Historical Society

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