Event Details

Apple Days at OSV

Time: October 4, 2014 at 9:30am to October 5, 2014 at 5pm
Location: Old Sturbridge Village
Street: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
City/Town: Sturbridge
Website or Map: http://www.osv.org
Phone: 800-SEE-1830
Event Type: osv, fall, apples
Organized By: Old Sturbridge Village
Latest Activity: Sep 17, 2014

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Event Description

With its "living collection" of heirloom apple trees, Old Sturbridge Village is one of the best places in the country to learn about rare varieties of antique apples. During the museum’s annual Apple Days festival, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 4-5, visitors can taste heirloom apple varieties, see the ox-powered Cider Mill in operation, tour the apple orchards, and take home apple seeds to plant. The Village blacksmiths will make a vintage-style apple peeling machine; the coopers will craft an apple barrel; the “tinners” will make an old-fashioned apple picker, and in the Village’s households, historians will demonstrate how apples were used and stored in root cellars. For times and details: call 800-SEE-1830 or visit www.osv.org

In early New England, apples were an important food source all year long and were used fresh, dried, or pressed into cider. Some varieties, like Baldwins and Roxbury Russets, were excellent “keepers” – lasting for months. Children had the important job of checking the apples stored in barrels in the root cellar, making sure that "one bad apple" did not "spoil the bunch."

Although most supermarkets are limited to a few varieties, there were once thousands of apple varieties recognized in North America, with distinctive tastes and colorful names like "Sheepnose," "Westfield-Seek-No-Further," and "Hubbardston Nonesuch."  Thomas Jefferson favored a dessert apple called "Esopus Spitzenburg," which was discovered in Esopus, New York. Most supermarket varieties today are favored because they ship and store well, or are easier to harvest by machine.  OSV maintains a heritage orchard of apple trees that produce apples with unique flavors and other characteristics – such as apples that are exceptional for drying or baking.

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