Oct 23, 2008: Fall Colors

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We've been celebrating fall by giving away deliciously tart and pesticide-free locally-grown apples.

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  • Oyster Fan on

    It’s pretty easy to identify chanterelles… there’s a false chanterelle, which is toxic, but the real chanterelles are distinctive. You should take advantage of your access to free mushrooms, and buy an illustrated mushroom guide!
    The Olympics are incredibly rugged. My cousin and I once did The Brothers as a day hike… it took us 12 hours and I was in tears by the end but we made it. Of course, if there wasn’t a paved road allowing us to climb most of the mountain in a car, it would have taken us a week.
    We’ll actually be in Seattle this weekend for the Flying Fish oyster frenzy. It’s an amazing event. We, and the numerous other oyster growers that attend, will serve 100 dozen oysters EACH within four hours. It really is a frenzy.

  • Bruce on


    It has been a long week and we are really looking forward to being on the 12:20 Fauntleroy ferry heading to Frenchman’s Cove this afternoon. Fall colors advance quickly in the Pacific Northwest and it should be beautiful as your pix suggest. I was in The Bay Area this week and at 80 degrees it was more like summer there. I even saw hummingbirds in the trees at the Marriott in Pleasanton!

    Our apples in the 100 year old orchard are about finished. Same deal…no pesticides but those old trees produce some wonderful fruit. Sue and I envy your Chantrelle gathering prowess. We are chicken to pick and eat them fearing we will get some other variety. We see what we are pretty sure are Chantrelles; however we have not had anyone to lead us by the hand into the woods and give us a picking lesson. So far the Chantrelles we have had have come from the Pike St Market @ $9 a pound. But we do have our huckleberries. It takes Sue literally hours to clean those little rascals.

    I have to mention I saw your oyster farm from about 8,000 feet on Wed. afternoon heading to California. It was a perfectly crystal clear afternoon and as the plane headed south out of SeaTac, we veered southwest over Gig Harbor gaining altitude. Sitting on the right side of the plane, I could see the entire Puget Sound region. Spectacular view. We flew a bit south of the “hook” of Hood Canal. I saw your tideland area, and traced the canal north seeing Frenchman’s Cove, Seabeck, Dabob Bay and all the way up to Port Townsend. Bremerton and Silverdale were right in front of me as well. At the same time I could see all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The view was like this only with no clouds and I had a much larger field of vision:


    It was facsinating to see how rugged the Olympic range is and I did not realize how far back The Brothers and the other peaks are from the canal. Puget Sound is something to behold on a clear fall day from the comfort of a 737.

    Low tides in the morning this weekend so grilled oysters from our tidelands will be on the lunch menu Saturday and Sunday.

    Have a great weekend in Lilliwaup!


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