I thought I'd throw this up with (apologies) very little info to start. We're in full apple season and every year - like with the heirloom tomatoes - there are more and more varieties I have never heard of. All kinds of weird and wonderful stuff is showing up at the farmer's markets as the growers realize the potential of digging into the past for great produce.
Despite some recent criticisms of farmer's market this is definitely an area where they shine and offer things you just can't find anywhere else.
This is the only time of year I make apple pies so I was hoping to get some suggestions on heirloom apples that you may have tried that will make a tasty pie. Usually you need 2 or three kinds to get the right blend of texture and taste so now's the time.
Who else in town besides the farmer's markets carries a good selection of the heirlooms?
For those of you who are proud of your pie making skills there will be a pie making competition at the West End Farmer's Market Oct. 15. Here's the entry form info: http://www.eatlocal.org/pdf_files/Fal... (Deadline has just been extended to Oct. 12.)
Another big apple event is the UBC Apple festival which is also this weekend 15/16. http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/app...