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Rick & Tom’s Strawberry Social at Cohousing

Fresh made strawberry shortcake (regular & gluten-free) & a tour of Cohousing’s orchard on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in June.  What could be better?!  Enjoy the photos!



Ciderfest 2017 happens Oct 7th. Festivities start at 10 am, and continue until 4 pm.

Most events center at the Vashon Village Town Square, but for see the Ciderfest page for full details of all events.

Strawberry Social at Vashon Co Housing

Vashon Island Fruit Club gathered on a balmy Sunday afternoon (June 25th) for VIFC’s Annual Strawberry Social hosted by Rick Edwards & Thomas at Vashon Co-Housing.

Copious amounts of strawberries, homemade shortcake & whipped cream were enjoyed by about 45 members & their families.

Preceding the event, six new members attended the New Member Orientation hosted by President Charon Scott-Goldman & Events Chair Vor Hostetler.



The BeeLine & The Forum

The Western Cascade Fruit Society (parent organization of Vashon Island Fruit Club) publishes an online quarterly called The BeeLine with articles related to fruit growing in the PNW. Continue reading

Fruit Preservation by Lotus & Jerry Gehrke

Drying, Canning & Freezing was discussed in a lively open format with Lotus & Jerry Gehrke leading the discussion at the Sept 8, 2015 monthly meeting at the Land Trust Bldg.  Many of the members’ preservation recipes & harvest spoils were featured on the refreshment table:  Pear Compote, Stewed Apples, Plum Jam/Cream Cheese on Crackers, Dried Cherries, Dried Plums, Dried Bartlett Pears, Grapes on the Vine amongst them. Continue reading

Summertime Pruning Workshop

On August 15, Vor Hostetler, VIFC Program Chair, organized a two orchard Summer Pruning Workshop at 204th & Vashon Hwy, the green former school district admin building, and at Dr. Bob & Carol Norton’s home on Maury Island.  We watched, learned and then practiced hands on summer pruning techniques.  Specifically, we learned that summer is the time to remove anything diseased Continue reading

Spring Orchard Tours

VIFC toured three club members’ orchards this past spring.  Attendance was high at both Saturday events.  On May 16, Ron & Martha Keenan’s orchard was toured by the club.  Then on June 20, both Reimnitz & Russo orchards were toured.  A big THANK YOU to Ron & Martha Keenan, Hartmut & Ilse Reimnitz & Ethan Russo for hosting VIFC at your amazing orchards!  Enjoy the photos! Continue reading