Pie, Perry, and the Past
Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Join us at GeerCrest Farm on October 1, for a special Fall Farm Presentation. As a joint fund-raiser between GeerCrest Farm and the Silverton Food Co-Op, we will be featuring a talk by local Historian Gus Frederick, on Homer Davenport’s father and Oregon pioneer politician Timothy Woodbridge Davenport’s experiences with the First Nations, including his tenure as Temporary Indian Agent at the Umatilla Agency during the Civil War. During this time his Father-in-law Ralph Geer was establishing a thriving fruit farm. Just 15 years earlier, Geer and other new immigrants to the Oregon Territory were involved in the so-called “Battle of the Abiqua.” This talk will explore both men’s experiences along with acknowledging the Kalapuya people who first inhabited the land.
Many of Geer’s fruit trees still produce fruit, and part of that history is Ralph Geer’s award winning Perry–a cider made from pears–which we have been attempting to recreate using a mix of 19th and 21st century methods, supplementing each with local honey. We will be sampling a complementary variety of these elixirs during our “Happy Hour” (5:00-6:00) prior to sunset.
The evening is $25, and includes libations and pie. The event is limited to 30, so reserve your seat at the table today.