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Not only are the Gravenstein apples a challenge to harvest, suburban development and the popularity and profitability of wine grape production are among the factors that have greatly reduced the number of orchards and apple acreage in Sonoma County, California, where ideal conditions make it the predominant area for Gravensteins to grow.
7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The FruitGuys, the industry leader in providing farm-fresh fruit and vegetables to the American workplace, homes and schools nationwide, announced today that they have partnered with Slow Food Russian River, the Northern California chapter of Slow Food International, to launch the limited-edition Gravenstein Apple Box.
For the first time, The FruitGuys will ship the Gravenstein Apple Box nationwide.
Six miles west of Santa Rosa in southern Sonoma County, Sebastopol has been producing what might be the country's tastiest Gravensteins for more than 100 years.
You can pick up fresh Gravensteins as well as Jonathan, Delicious, Rome Beauty, and other apple varieties directly from the farms or from the Sunday morning farmers' market downtown.
Local growers offer Gravenstein, Delicious, Jonathan, and Rome Beauty apples, as well as other produce.
Today, he coaxes some 40 varieties out of Twin Hill's 200 acres, from the Gravensteins that made Sebastopol famous to some newcomers he hopes will help him give Washington state a run for its money.
Gravensteins peak in August, but they're still available this month.
Next, head west toward Gravenstein Highway (State 116).
The first Gravensteins were planted in Sebastopol in 1883 (young Luther Burbank lent a hand in the task), but no one seems to know whether the seed came from northern Europe via Russians at Fort Ross or traveled overland with American pioneers.
You'll be offered fresh Gravensteins (by the apple, by the pound, by the lug), dried apples, apple pie, apple torte, apple cake, apple bread, apple strudel.