Edible Evanston holds its first “Orchard Fest” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, in Eggleston Park to celebrate the harvest season at the Eggleston Anniversary Orchard, and our group’s successes this season.
Be sure to come, and bring your neighbors, your kids, and your friends for some fun.
It will still be a couple of years before apples and most other fruits will be harvested from the trees planted in the first orchard in an Evanston public park, but the group plans to celebrate how far the orchard has come. (To read about the origins of the orchard, visit http://edibleevanston.org/EdibleEvanston/dr/eggleston_orchard )
The Orchard Fest will include Farmer’s Market-sourced apples and other fruits, live music, games and food. Families, friends and neighbors are all invited to explore the orchard and discover what’s growing, listen to some music, and help envision the orchard’s future growth.
Eggleston Anniversary Orchard, located across from the Evanston Ecology Center at Bridge Street and McCormick Blvd., was originally envisioned by the Northwestern University Brady Scholars in 2013, and embraced and expanded by Edible Evanston in 2014 and 2015.
It now contains more than 80 fruit and nut trees including apples, plums, pears, Asian pears, peaches, and hazelnuts, and more than 30 raspberry bushes. Edible Evanston also created a naturalized area, focusing on Illinois native plants, near the western section of the orchard.