Sebastopol's Gravenstein Apple Industry

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The Gravenstein apple has been etched into the identity of Sebastopol, California, which is one of the few places on earth to have extensively grown this elusive apple. The Gravenstein is an early apple whose only failing is perishability, but it is celebrated for its superior flavor. Yet Luther Burbank attempted to improve on the Gravenstein, producing the Winterstein and the Bonita for home gardeners. During the last 127 years, the Gravenstein has added millions of dollars to the local economy. It has provided a reason for celebrations, from the 1910 Apple Show to today's Apple Blossom Festival and Gravenstein Apple Fair. This is the Gravenstein's story, from its European roots to small-town homage, and the part this special apple has played in one community—and the reason the current decline in apple acreage is mourned.
ISBN: 9780738581736
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 180
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Coauthors Frank Baumgardner, Evelyn McClure, Stacy Ruppert, and Rae Swanson all volunteer with the Western Sonoma County Historical Society (WSCHS) as archivists, docents, and historians. Their backgrounds are diverse, but they share a strong interest in preserving local history. The images presented here come from the WSCHS archives, particularly the William Borba collection, the Sonoma County Library, and other community collections.
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