California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter
June 2017 Newsletter
Remembering Art Henzgen
We are saddened by the news that Art Henzgen, a founding member of our chapter, passed away on June 8, 2017. Art became an early leader in the chapter, serving as Co-Chair. He was an active member of the High School Apple grafting team and was one of the most active "recruiters" for our chapter!!
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Doris and family.
Services for Art will be held on Wednesday, June 21st, at Los Osos Memorial Park, 2260 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos, CA.
11:00 am: Graveside service
12:00 pm: Reception
CRFG Members please bring some fingerfood, fruits, nuts, vegetables, cookies.
We gathered in See Canyon at the Redstone Apple Ranch where we were treated to homemade apple cobbler prepared by Bob Redstone's daughter, Kelly. Larry Hollis provided the vanilla ice cream, and the CRFG chapter members and their guests couldn't have been happier. As we sat noshing in the sun by the creek, surrounded by the steep oak-covered hills that frame the Redstone's Apple Ranch, Kelly and Bob told us about the history of their ranch.
There are also some pluot trees: when asked about his favorite, Bob said it is the Dapple Dandy. In addition to being tasty, this variety keeps for several weeks without going bad. A member mentioned his favorite is the Flavor Queen which he said is very sweet and delicious- Bob agrees and adds that you must get them quickly because they do not keep long.
Peach trees also grow in the orchard: when asked about peach-leaf-curl, Bob says he doesn't bother spraying for it- the amount of spraying that needs to be done is a hassle, and new leaves grow anyway after the curled leaves fall off. The Redstones also tried growing cherries, but bluejays refused to share any of their crop with them.
Thank you Bob and Kelly for the fun day we had at the Redstone Apple Ranch, and Alisha for arranging for us to visit this beautiful ranch and meet its delightful owners!
All photos by Joe Sabol
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