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    6A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL October 14, 2015
Gather nuts often as
they fall from the tree
OSU Extension Service
Apple-pickin' time
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
You know Daddy, we’ve
never picked apples to-
gether before.’
Our four-year old makes
hundreds of observations ev-
ery day, often drawing from
a memory bank that’s always
evolving and sometimes a bit
suspect. So it naturally took me
a few moments to realize that
she was right, that we had yet
to spend an autumn afternoon
indulging in one of my favorite
childhood activities. Thankful-
ly, a short jaunt up I-5 was all
it took to remedy the problem,
and a full day’s complement of
engaging, constructive together
time would be our reward.
For this Illinois native, exit-
ing the interstate into the farm-
land north of Eugene feels like
stepping back in time, a feeling
only heightened as we rounded
the last bend to Detering Or-
chards near Harrisburg. Here,
winding country roads skirt
classic farms and farmhouses,
and there’s even the occasional
farm implement navigating
these roads to slow traffi c and
allow drivers time to really take
it all in — whether or not the
drivers actually appreciate it.
The idyllic scene came full
circle as we approached the
farm, with its piles of pumpkins
awaiting their new owners and
small children in uniform en-
joying a Catholic school fi eld
trip, gamboling about as priests
and nuns in full vestments kept
careful watch.
Detering has beautiful pump-
kins for sale, and they also offer
tomatoes, pears, peppers and a
whole lot more. Still, on a blaz-
ing afternoon with the autumn
leaves putting on their full
spectacle, we had only apples
on our minds, so we grabbed
two boxes and headed out to
the rows and rows of trees still
groaning with the weight of
their produce.
‘Now, lift me up high.’
The kiddo loves climbing
trees, so she took a shot at a
few apples on the lower-hang-
ing branches, but previous visi-
tors had already plucked much
of the low-hanging fruit. And
so the day’s exercise would in-
clude lifting her up again and
again, always toward the per-
fect apple, whether it be bright
gold with rosy red accents, red
with a touch of speckled green
or light yellow, the color of
It didn’t take long to fi ll two
photo by Jon Stinnett
Picking apples for the family provides a fun and pro-
ductive activity for all ages.
boxes with a wondrous vari-
ety, some Ozark Gold, some
Spartan, a few Jonagold and
even a Red Delicious or two.
On the short drive back to the
car, we took the opportunity to
bite into the fi rst of many we’d
enjoy that day, and words can-
not capture the complex sweet-
ness, the crisp crunch and juicy
fi nish that coaxes one to grab
yet another apple long after it’s
prudent to stop chomping. Lat-
er that night, the fi rst bite into
a beautiful custard tart show-
cased how beautifully such an
array of apples could comple-
ment one another.
All this apple picking worked
up quite a hunger, and so we
headed toward Coburg and
were delighted to fi nd the Co-
burg Pizza Company waiting
for us. They make a great pie
there, a tall, pillowy crust cov-
ered in delicious toppings. To-
gether, we shared two slices and
a root beer, listening as visitors
inquired about rental properties
in the charming town of just
over 1000 people (there aren’t
any, apparently, as Coburg is a
popular place these days). We
left with a newfound apprecia-
tion of a small town we’d never
had a chance to visit before,
heading into Eugene, where a
stop at the dog park near Aut-
zen Stadium so the pooch could
socialize and a jaunt along the
riverfront bike path completed
another spectacular afternoon
azelnut, walnut or chest-
nut trees in your home
orchard can keep you in nuts
for months if you know the best
ways to harvest, handle and
store them.
Harvesting hazelnuts means
gathering them as they fall from
the trees – before autumn rains,
if possible, said Ross Penhal-
legon, a horticulturist with Or-
egon State University’s Exten-
sion Service. You can shake
branches lightly, but in most
cases the nuts will fall on their
Walnuts are mature as soon as
the husk cuts free from the nut,
but usually they are not harvest-
ed until rains crack the husk,
causing the nut to drop, usually
in October. Mature walnuts lose
quality rapidly after they have
fallen, so gather fallen nuts fre-
quently to prevent mold, discol-
oration and decay, Penhallegon
Chestnuts are mature when
they fall naturally from the tree.
They ripen in September and
October over a period of about
two to four weeks. The nuts
gain half of their fi nal weight
in the fi nal two weeks before
falling, so avoid knocking them
from the tree. Gather the fallen
nuts every few days to preserve
It’s important to know your
chestnuts. Take care not to eat
horse chestnuts, which are poi-
sonous, Penhallegon said. They
are covered with a leathery,
sometimes spiny fruit capsule,
which contains two or three
glossy seeds or nuts. The leaves
originate from the same point
and are divided like a fan into
fi ve to seven large, toothed leaf-
lets, which are four to 10 inches
Edible chestnuts have a husk
that is covered with sharp, stiff
bristles. The husk splits to reveal
two or three nuts. The leaves
are three to seven inches long,
with sharply toothed edges. The
leaves grow alternately along
the stem.
After harvest, walnuts and ha-
zelnuts should be dried before
eating or storage. Begin drying
within 24 hours of harvest. You
can save drying time if you shell
the nuts fi rst.
Air circulation is as important
as temperature during drying,
Penhallegon said, so dry the nuts
on a screen-bottomed tray, in an
onion sack or in any other con-
tainer that will permit free air
passage. Optimum drying tem-
peratures are 95 to 105 degrees.
If the temperature exceeds 110,
nut quality will be poorer.
Small lots can be dried above
a furnace vent or radiator as
long as the temperature does not
exceed 105 degrees. Walnuts
may require three to four days
to dry and hazelnuts about two
to three days. Nuts can be dried
at lower temperatures, but more
time is required.
Walnuts are dry enough for
storage when the divider
Please see NUTS, Page 11A
Flu Shot
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Church
1025 N. 19th Cottage Grove, OR
Friday, October 16 ƒ 9am - Noon
Inside the Community Room
October 16 ~~~10 am to 3 pm
October 17 ~~~10 am to 3 pm
Cottage Grove Community Hospital and Clinics is hosting a
nu shot clinic for established PeaceHealth patients.
Patients 19 years old and older are invited to come get their nu shots on
a mrst come, mrst serve basis. For more information, call 541-767-5500.
Raffle, Baked Goods, Books, Crafts,
Harvest, Jams, Jellies, etc.
Homemade soup & dessert
lunch served all day.
(We also serve to go)
1515 Village Drive ƒ Cottage Grove, OR 97424
541-767-5500 ƒ
W orship D irectory
6th & Gibbs Church of Christ
195 N. 6th St. • 541-942-3822
Pastor: Aaron Earlywine
Youth & Families Pastor: Seth Bailey
Services: 9am and 10:30am
Christian Education
Nursery for pre-k - 3rd Grade
Calvary Baptist Church
77873 S 6th St • 541-942-4290
Pastor: Riley Hendricks
Sunday School: 9:45am
Worship: 11:00am
The Journey: Sunday 5:00pm
Praying Thru Life: Wednesday 6:00pm
Calvary Chapel Cottage Grove
1447 Hwy 99 (Village Plaza)
Pastor: Jeff Smith
Two Services on Sun: 9am & 10:45am
Wednesday Service 6:45 pm
Child Care 10:45am Service Only
Youth Group Bible Study:
Wed. 6:45 pm & Sat. 6 pm
Cottage Grove Bible Church
1200 East Quincy Avenue
Pastor:Bob Singer
Worship 8:30am, 11am
Sunday School:9:45am
YouthGroup Mondays 6:30pm
AWANA age 3-8th Grade,
Wednesdays Sept-May, 6:30pm
Cottage Grove Faith Center
33761 Row River Rd. • 541-942-4851
Lead Pastor: Isaac Hovet
2 Sunday Services: 9am & 11am
Full Childrenʼs Ministry available
Covered Bridge Nazarene Church
152 S. M St.
Pastor: Cindy Slaymaker
Sunday School: 9:30am
Worship 10:30am
Delight Valley
Church of Christ
Center for Spiritual Living Cottage 33087 Saginaw Rd. East
Pastor: Bob Friend
700 Gibbs Ave (Community Center)
Two Services:
Rev. Bobby Lee
Meets Sunday 3:00 p.m.
9am - Classic in the Chapel
10:30am - Contemporary in the
Info: 541-767-0182 (Mrs. “T”)
Church of Christ
First Baptist Church
420 Monroe St • 541-942-8565
301 S 6th St 541-942-8242
Sunday Service: 10:30am
Pastor: Steve Johnson
Sunday School: 9:30am
Worship: 11:00am
Come Worship with us
First Presbyterian Church
3rd and Adams St • 541-942-4479
Pastor: Karen Hill
Worship: 10:00am
Sunday School: 10:00am
Old Time Gospel Fellowship
103 S. 5th Street • 541-942-4999
Pastor: Herb Carson
Sunday Service: 10:00am
Sunday Bible Study: 6:00pm
We sing the old time hymns.
Grove Community Church
77820 Mosby Creek Rd.
Cottage Grove, OR 97424
Pastor: Bryan Parsons
Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Nursery: Infant - Pre-K
Kidʼs Church: K to 5th grade
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
and St. Philip Benizi
Catholic Churches
1025 N. 19th St.
541-942-3420 / 541-942-4712
Pastor: Roy L. Antunez, S.J.
Euch. Liturgies; Sat. 5:30pm
Sun. 10:30am
St. Philip Benizi, Creswell:
552 Holbrock Lane • 541-895-8686
Sunday: 8:30am
Hope Fellowship
United Pentecostal Church
100 S. Gateway Blvd. • 541-942-2061
Pastor: Dave Bragg
Worship: 11:00am Sunday
Bible Study: 7:00pm Wednesday
Living Faith Assembly
467 S. 10th St. • 541-942-2612
Pastor Rulon Combs
Sunday School All Ages 9am
Worship & Childrenʼs
Church 10:30 am
“The Bridge” Sat Evening Service 6:00pm
Youth 180 Mondays 5:30-8pm
Childrenʼs Breakout Class: Wed. 6:30pm
Church of Christ
1041 Pennoyer Ave * 541-767-0447
Preachers: Tony Martin & Robert Evans
Sunday Bible Study:10:00am
Sunday Worship:10:50am & 5:30pm
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
1301 W. Main • 541-767-9050
Rev. Lawrence Crumb
“Church with the fl ags.”
Worship: Sunday 10:30am
All Welcome
Seventh-day Adventist Church
820 South 10th Street
Pastor: Kevin Miller
Bible Study: Saturday, 9:15 am
Worship Service: Saturday, 10:40 am
Mid-week Service: Wednesday, 1:00 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
6th & Quincy • 541-942-2373
Pastor: James L. Markus
Sunday School & Adult Education 9:15am
Sundway Worship 10:30 am
Comm. Kitchen Free Meal Tue & Thur
5:00pm TLC Groups
United Methodist Church
334 Washington • 541-942-3033
Pastor:Lura Kidner-Miesen
Worship: 10:30am
Adult Sunday School: 9:30am
Comm. Dinner (Adults $5, Kids Free)
2nd & 3rd Monday 5-6:00pm
“VICTORY” Country Church
913 S. 6th Street • 541-942-5913
Pastor: Barbara Dockery
Worship Service: 10:00am
Our Worship
Directory is a
weekly feature in
the newspaper. If
your congregation
would like to
be a part of this
directory, please
contact the
Cottage Grove
at 541-942-3325.