A bushel and a peck

Published 12:52 am Saturday, October 22, 2011

Applefest: The Applefest at Magnolia United Methodist Church will be held next weekend. A limited amount of apples, apple cider and apple butter will be available, along with a bake sale and craft sale. Proceeds will benefit missions and ministries of the church.

The Magnolia United Methodist Church Applefest is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the church welcomes everyone to come out on Oct. 29 for apples and more.

Proceeds from the event benefit missions and ministries of the church.

At the event, seven varieties of apples will be available, including Fuji, Rome, winesap, red and gold delicious and Granny Smith. In addition, there will be apple cider, apple butter, Brunswick stew, a bake sale, a craft sale and more.

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The deadline for pre-ordering apples has passed, but limited quantities will be available at the event.

“If you come first thing in the morning, you can just about get what you want,” Connie Schubert said. “We bring in close to 150 additional bushels.”

The apples, apple butter and apple cider come from the mountains of western Virginia. They all are picked in the last two months, with some varieties that will be picked only a couple days before their journey to Suffolk.

Last year, nearly 900 people came to the church to pick up more than 1,000 bushels of apples, Schubert said.

People come from all over Virginia and North Carolina to support the festival and get the products, she added.

The event will occur on Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 538-8552.