Neonics article by Michael Laurie

Neonics article for the Beachcomber 8 11 2020 MLDE

Member Pressing at Jerry & Carol’s

The remaining 1500 lbs of apples not pressed at CiderFest were pressed & comped/sold on Oct 13, 2019 at the home of Jerry Gehrke & Carol Schwennson.  The weather was perfect for a day of fun work!  Enjoy the fotos!

Chipping Party at the MacRae’s

A couple of photos from Emily and Gar’s Alder chipping party last Wednesday.  After a slow start from a clogged chute, we were off and running.  Two plus loads in about 2.5 hours of chipping.  Chips went to the Sunrise Ridge Orchard.

A big Shout Out to Emily, Gar, Derek, Glenn G, Jerry G, Laure J, Russ C and Charon S.  Our fruit trees are going to love the mulch!

Top Work Grafting by Dr. Bob, Emily & Gar

Some photos from Mar 27 at VIFC Sunrise Ridge Orchard where Dr. Bob Norton top work grafted a Pear tree w/ Emily & Gar MacRae’s assistance.

CiderFest: It takes a Village!

WOW!  And WOW again!  What a fun and exhilarating CiderFest!  The weather window Vor promised arrived right on cue as setup began.  Apple washers were washing, presses were humming & hot cider aroma was wafting through the Village as the first band struck up his foot-tapping rhythm and dancers hit the green.  Children laughed & played while the community congregated to enjoy apple crisp & cider while greeting friends, old and new.  The crowning touch was the joy of watching Kristine dance with the children.  A glorious day!  I hope during your work shift you had a great time too.  It would not have gone so smoothly without all of your help.  It truly takes a village to create a successful community event.  THANK YOU for being a part of the Fruit Club family.

Details will follow but I believe it’s safe to say we pressed over 5000 pounds of apples with another 1100 or so still in reserve for a soon-to-be-announced club pressing.  Cider and crisp sales appear to be the best ever.  New members joined, t-shirts were sold, 7 boxes of quince donated by Tom Spring were given away at the Information Booth.  NEW THIS YEAR:  live music by 3 local bands, dancing on the green, recycling expert, Diane Emerson’s Recycling Tent w/ hands-on sorting/cleaning of the trash/recyclables & educational info, Emily MacRae (tree orders) & Dr. Bob Norton (Apple ID) joined us at the Village and seating/tables for guests to enjoy their food, music and conversation.

During your shift(s) each of you was in a unique position to observe what worked well & what could be improved upon.  We welcome your feedback.  We want to stay relevant and efficient while having fun.  Please take a moment to reply to this email with your comments.

The Apple Donors

CiderFest is not possible without the generosity of our apple donors.  Our donors’ trees provided bumper crops this year:

  • Hal and Molly Green
  • Mark Nassutti
  • Steve and Nancy Rose
  • John Cornelison and Kim Farrell
  • Jeff and Claire Bronson
  • Will and Karen Lockwood
  • Tom Spring
  • Joe Curiel and Tony Raugust
  • Rachel Petrich

The Press Donors

CiderFest is not possible without the generosity of our press donor:

  • Robert and Margot Powell, Meadow Creature LLC

CiderFest is not possible without our village of dedicated volunteers:

Team Leaders

  • Jerry Gehrke & Ron Weston for their months of planning and days of hands-on picking, hauling, loading, supervising and just plain working as though it was the Iron Man finals
  • Rick Edwards for supervising the food & beverage sales and volunteers at the Sales Booth
  • Emily MacRae & Dr Bob Norton for tree sales and apple ID, respectively
  • Dan Connolly, Crew Chief for all 3 shifts of the cider pressing
  • Al Habbestad for directing traffic/parking for the entire day
  • Diane Emerson for handling the sorting/cleaning of trash/recyclables so guests could enjoy their time without having to worry about placing something in the wrong bin.
  • Phil McMullin for budgets & financials
  • Vor Hostetler for setup/take down
  • Vor Hostetler & Kristine Gregonis for the sound system & musicians, respectively
  • Kristine Gregonis for the Photo Op Zone
  • Charon Scott-Goldman for the Information Booth
  • David Husch for managing the rental of the cider press for members before and after CiderFest

The Teams

  • Picking:  Jerry Gehrke, David Husch, Glenn Gray, Roger Newby, Willow Dean, Phil McMullin, Russ Carey, Bryce Battisti, Dan Connolly, Walter Weston, Elizabeth Boutin, Deborah Diamond, Linda Swartz
  • Prep, Setup & Take Down:Randolph Farrar, Randee Blackstone, Bob Blackstone, Bob Dixon, Will Lockwood, Adam Atwell, Evan Simmons, Jonathan Stevens, Richard Janke, George Thieme, Bryce Battisti, Doug Tuma, Hartmut Reimnitz, Hooper Havekotte, Gene Carlson,  Tom Spring, Roger Newby, Ann Nicklason, Bob Faine, Mike Ligrano, Joe Orint, Bernie O’Malley, Tom Brenner, Kathy Ostrom, Doug Ostrom,  David Husch, Hans Hahne, Rachel Petrich, Rachel Osborn, Vor Hostetler, Peter Reynen, Laura Weston, Marcia Summers, Kim Kambak
  • Crisp Bakers:Anne Woodward, Rick Edwards, Susan Powell, Sarah Powell, Kathi Saunders, Cheryl Grunbock, Susan Keatts, Mike Kleer, David Husch, Marlyce Dixon, Mark Musick, Phil McMullin, Carol Bonifaci, Emily MacRae, Ann Guss, Nan Leiter, Marianne Twyman, Frank Gerber, Elizabeth Boutin, Kristine Gregonis, Hans Hahne, Lotus, Joyce Hunziker, Tom Land
  • Cider & Crisp Sales:Krystle Furtwangler, Sue Ellen Staggs, Mike Kleer, Nan Leiter, Anne Woodward, Carol Eggen, Charon Scott-Goldman, Mary Faine, Susan Powell, Linera Lucus, Elizabeth Boutin, He’re Thieme, Kathi Sanders, Glenn Gray, Russ Carey, John Riley, Michael Antee, Maggie Aspland, Phil McMullin
  • Apple Boxes:Bernie O’Malley donated (200) apple boxes.
  • Poster/Flyer:Tracy Barrett
  • VIFC Facebook:Deborah Epstein
  • Vashonites, Vashon All, Vashon Maury All, VIFC Facebook; VIFC website; VIFC e-blasts:Kristine Gregonis
  • Information Booth:Charon Scott-Goldman, Marianne Twyman, Anne Woodward, Phil McMullin, Elizabeth Vogt, Kim Kambak
  • Photo Op Zone:Hans Hahne, Dr Bob Norton, Kristine Gregonis
  • Sanitation Wash Station:Doug Snyder of Ace Hardware donated the rental cost of the required coffee urns.

 And a special THANK YOU to those who volunteered to stay to help clean up after the event:  David Husch, Russ Carey, Glenn Gray, Jerry Gehrke, Vor Hostetler, Mike Ligrano, Elizabeth Vogt, Candy McCullough, Rachel Osborn.

And an extra special THANK YOU to Jim Marsh & The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce for the use of Vashon Village, the Chamber restrooms, power for the bands & PR.

Yours,  Charon Scott-Goldman, President

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