On Wednesday, we told you all about Sunday’s apple cider pressing event with the Burke Gilman Urban Orchard Stewards. Well now, tis the season for harvest festivities and Saturday brings us another cider pressing extravaganza, this time courtesy of the Freeway Estates Community Orchard. Drop by for a look at this budding new little orchard, complete with blueberry and strawberry plants, fruit trees, nuts trees and kiwi trees. Stay for the free cider samples, kids’ activities, scavenger hunt, popcorn–even a garden tool sharpening opportunity!
Freeway Estates Community Orchard is a collaboration among residents of Freeway Estates, that mysterious neighborhood running between Wallingford and Greenlake along 5th and 6th Avenues NE. Part of this area is a large strip of WSDOT-owned land on 6th Ave NE between NE 60th and 63rd Streets, which until recently was inhabited by little more than dog waste, litter and a whole lot of blackberry bushes. Now it’s a lovely spot for evening walks, hide-and-seek games, an afternoon picnic or…a cider pressing party!
This cider pressing event runs from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 20th on 6th Avenue NE between NE 60th and 63rd Streets. Parking is located along 6th Avenue NE, and the 48 and 26 buses run just a few blocks from the orchard. Kids and pups are welcome and encouraged. Enjoy some cider, get your garden tools sharpened (donations welcome for this service) and learn about local efforts to make our city even more beautiful and green.