Sunday, September 09, 2012

September on BC's Salt Spring Island: Apple Festival canceled, but still a bounty of fresh food


Apple tree at Garry Oaks Winery on Salt Spring Island | September 2011 | Sue Frause photo

So sorry to read that the 2012 Salt Spring Island Apple Festival has been canceled this year. The reason? Poor apple crops due to the weather. The festival is traditionally held on a Sunday in late September or early October. Harry Burton, "Captain Apple" of Apple Luscious Organic Orchards, issued the following statement:
"This is not the type of news that is easy, but in canvassing the main growers of apples on Salt Spring Island, it is apparent that the crop of apples this year is greatly reduced due not only to that cold, wet, long spring (poor pollination), but also the invasion of tent caterpillars that completely stripped leaves off most apple trees in May and June."
Salt Spring Island is the first area in British Columbia to grow apples, dating back to 1860, and it was the apple growing area of the province for many years. Today it grows more than than 350 varieties of organic apples. The Salt Spring Island Farmers' Institute has been serving the islands' farmers since 1895. They'll be presenting the 2012 Fall Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, at the Farmer Institute Grounds on Rainbow Road. The Salt Spring Saturday Market runs every Saturday from April-October.

Salt Spring is beautiful any season, but I particularly like spring and autumn. I visited last year, flying via Kenmore Air from Lake Washington to Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island. Here's a photo tour of my day.


Salt Spring Island | September 2011 | Photos by Sue Frause

Aboard Kenmore Air with the Gulf Islands below

It's easy being green on Salt Spring Island

"Breeze" docked in Ganges Harbour


Melon at Fox Glove Farm

Jersey cows at Moon Struck Cheese

Fresh from the ovens at Salt Spring Breads

A variety of products at Salt Spring Cheese

BC Ferries at Vesuvius on Salt Spring

The ferry will take us to Crofton on Vancouver Island