Sneak Peek: September 2014: Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen


Rowan Jacobsen

Apples of Uncommon Character

123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics, & Little-Known Wonders

(Plus 20 Sweet and Savory Recipes)

Bloomsbury, September 2014

Rowan Jacobsen: and @rowanjacobsen


Photographer Clare Barboza ( shares a “visual sneak peek” from Uncommon Apples in her blog post a whole lotta apples.

Clare Barboza: Documentary Food Photographer






Images: Tahuya River Apiaries, Harmony Orchards, Pipitone Farms, Poverty Lane Orchards, cider.

All images courtesy of the photographer. All images copyright © Clare Barboza

Discover the Craft of Documentary Food Photographer Clare Barboza.


Clare Barboza is a Seattle-based visual artist and documentary food photographer focused on capturing the telling details that illuminate the stories behind what we eat, make, raise, and grow.

Her evocative images are featured in Rowan Jacobsen’s upcoming book, Uncommon Apples. Glimpse a few portraits of these unique apples: Knobbed Russet, Blue Pearmain, and wild Khazhaks – here. Clare discusses her experiences shooting the book, and shares beautiful pome fruit images, in her blog post a whole lotta apples.

Enjoy the images Clare graciously shared with us, and explore her work further at



Image: Harmony Orchards

All images courtesy of the photographer. All images copyright © Clare Barboza.

Cider52: Northwest Cider: Tieton Cider Works, and more American Cider Reviews.

It’s week 8 of 2013 The Year of Cider, and our plan – Cider52: A Cider A Week, is on schedule. 8 cider reviews posted, and more on the way.

Considering today is Washington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day, and knowing some of our Founding Gardeners, were avid cider makers and cider drinkers:

We vow this Presidents’ Day to Drink More American Craft Cider.

First up, ciders from Tieton Cider Works in the Yakima Valley of Washington state.

From the Tieton website: “The orchard is perched above the confluence of the Tieton and Naches rivers at an elevation of 2000 feet, considered high for a growing region in Washington State, giving us the advantage of growing our fruit at slightly cooler temperatures. The long sunny days, cool nights and fertile soils craft exceptionally great tasting apples, pears, cherries and apricots”

Read more about Tieton and Harmony Orchards cider apples. Harmony Orchards is profiled in Rowan Jacobsen’s book, American Terroir.

Tieton Cider Works produce 10 ciders, and we will be tasting and reviewing nine, (Precipice Perry Pear Cider is currently not available).

American Cider Drinkers Take Note: Tieton Cider Works now ships to 40 US States.

And they have a great tag line: Re:think the Apple – Drink Cider

Tasting notes to follow.

On The Shelf: What We’re Reading: On Cider and Taste of Place


Taste, Memory Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter, by David Buchanan, Chelsea Green Publishing 2012

American Terroir Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields, by Rowan JacobsenBloomsbury USA 2010

Cider Making Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider, Annie Proulx & Lou Nichols, Storey Publishing LLC  2003

Cider Hard and Sweet by Ben Watson, The Countryman Press 2nd Edition 2009

The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix KatzChelsea Green Publishing 2012