Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Rowan Jacobsen and Clare Barboza with Langdon Cook: The Apples You Never Knew About

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

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There are thousands of apple varieties in North America, but only a few are offered in grocery stores. In Apples of Uncommon Character, James Beard Award-winner Rowan Jacobsen takes readers beyond the Red Delicious and Granny Smiths of the world, offering a look at 123 varieties of this most “uncommon” fruit. Part-cookbook, part-scientific study, Jacobsen’s book explores these apples — from the D’Arcy Spice to the Hidden Rose — giving historical anecdotes, descriptive characteristics, and popular recipe ideas. He’ll be joined by Clare Barboza — the documentary food photographer behind the book’s stunning imagery — and journalist Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters. Jacobsen is also the author of A Geography of Oysters.

Presented by: Town Hall, Book Larder, and the Northwest Cider Association, as part of Washington Cider Week and Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Tickets: $5.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Learn more: About Jacobsen; about Barboza; about Cook.

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  1. Celia
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    All well and good to learn about wonderful old and new apple varieties. The trick is finding them. Even Farmers’ Market purveyors only occassionally sell a Macoun or Pippin. I can’t grow apples because of coddling moth and apple maggot in my neighborhood. Where can I buy them?

    • Jen
      Posted July 25, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Permalink


      I’m so excited for this talk – hopefully, I’ll be able to go. I’m the Assistant Produce Manager at Central Co-op. In the past few years, each season, we have been able to source almost two dozen varieties of local, WA-grown, Organic Apples over the course of the season. Some of last year’s favorites were Ashmead’s Kernel and Arkansas Black. Personally, I love the Orleans Reinette. The first boxes of Washington apples came in to us this week (McIntosh), but the late summer/early fall is when to really go crazy trying different varieties! Sometimes, the harvests are small, so we may only get 100 lbs. total of a variety. Makes them extra special to hunt down…

    • Posted August 26, 2014 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      You can still get good apples despite the present pest populations.
      Check out this post on how to use physical barriers to protect your fruit:

    • Linda
      Posted September 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Permalink


      Maggot Barriers do a great job preventing Coddling Moth and Apple Maggot damage if you apply them to your apples early. You can find more information at:

  2. Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    This event looks wonderful!
    Will this event / talk be taped or recorded?

    Thank you!

    • Town Hall
      Posted July 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

      No word yet on if this event will be recorded but we do try to record as many events as possible for our online Media Library!

      • Peter
        Posted September 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

        Town Hall: please put this talk online! I’m a Seattle native living in the other apple region…the Big Apple and thus unable to attend but am very interested and will be purchasing their book for my library. Thanks.

        • Town Hall
          Posted September 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

          There was a fair amount of “off-mic” conversation but we will do what we can! Thanks for your interest, Peter!

  3. Posted September 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Here is an example of the apples you will find at our Farmers Markets later in the fall…Pirus, Calville Blanc de Hiver, Arkansas Black, Pizazz, Orin, Shizuki, Cortlandt, Holstein, Sweet 16, Rubinette, Bramley, Thompkins King, King Solomon, Smokehouse, Cox Orange Pippin, Jonagold, Honey Crunch, Mollie’s Delicious, Macintosh, Jonamacs, Sugar Crisp Golden Supreme, Pink Pearl, Gala, Honeycrisp, Tydeman, Akane. The University District has the most variety and a huge apple celebration called AppleLooza scheduled for Saturday, October 25th. Go to our website ( and sign up for our Ripe and Ready report and get up to the minute reports on when new apple varieties will be available! There is no better selection in the city!

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