Wine Making with Tropical Fruit with Tony Hemmer and Nick Ostrye
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM October 25 2016 | Sarasota Garden Club
Ready to learn about tropical fruit wine making? Would you like to taste some great tropical fruit wines made by two of our members? Then don’t miss our October meeting!
You will learn just about everything you need to know to get started with making your own tropical fruit wine – from choosing and preparing the fruit all the way to the final clarifying step and the bottling process. (spoilers: you don’t have to take off your shoes!)
We will be discussing two different approaches to making your own wine – the natural method and chemical intensive method. Wine making supplies will be on display to show what is used in the process.
If that isn’t enough reason to drop by, there will be a tropical fruit wine tasting to finish the evening. For the kiddos and non-drinkers, there will be a smaller sampling of non-alcoholic beverages, so everyone can learn, participate and enjoy.
We welcome non-members to attend any of our meetings; your first meeting is free and after that you’re welcome to join or just pay the $5 meeting guest fee. We hope to see you there!
Fruit Tree Paradise Workshop with Darryl, October 29th from 2pm-5pm
In other news, our very own longtime club member, treasurer and fruit tree knowledge goldmine Darryl is teaching a fruit tree workshop at the end of this month.
With its long, wet summers and short, mild winters, Florida is fruit tree country. Though citrus is a challenge these days, there are many other fruits that grow and produce readily here.
This class will cover the basics of fruit tree horticulture for our region. The main topics addressed will be tree selection, planting, pruning, fertilization, how to manage diseases and pests, container growing, and where to buy and learn more about fruit trees. It is designed for beginning to intermediate growers.
Click HERE for all the details. http://www.transitionsrq.org/events/fruit-tree-workshop
“The Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes associated with the propagation, cultivation, selection, improvement or enhancement of superior cultivars of tropical fruits, and the distribution of tropical fruit trees and the associated knowledge necessary for their successful cultivation and harvest, for the benefit of mankind. A 501c3 corporation.”
We are a group of enthusiastic and passionate tropical fruit lovers, focused on the art and pleasure of growing our own tropical fruit here in the Sarasota area.
We love to exchange ideas, and share knowledge, tips and expertise with fellow gardeners.
But most of all, we love to enjoy ripe, delicious, homegrown tropical fruit!
Our regular monthly meetings are held at Sarasota Garden Club, at 6:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month:
Sarasota Garden Club
1131 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236
Located on the northwest corner of US41 & Blvd. of the Arts, in front of the Van Wezel
6:30 – Sign-in and social time
7:00 – Guest lecturer begins
8:00 – Following our speaker, we hold a plant raffle and enjoy various treats brought in my members and guests at our tasting table.
8:30 – Clean-up
We welcome guests to join us for any meeting!
Your first meeting is free, after that you can choose to join us as a member, or simply attend when you like and pay a $5 meeting fee.
We strive to keep our membership costs affordable:
- Single membership: $20/year
- Family/household membership: $30/year
Past talks have included:
- Grafting Techniques, Wayne Clifton
- Should You Consider Growing Citrus?, Gary Patton
- All About Jackfruit, Dr. Noris Ledesma
- Growing Pomegranates in Florida, Dr. William Castle
- Lychees, Longans & Spanish Lime, Will Wright
- Canistel and Sapodilla in the Home Landscape & Tropical Fruit Pollination, Dr. Jonathan Crane
Our donations help fund club activities such as fruit tastings, honorariums to bring in four star speakers, and cover our beautiful meeting location.
Past speakers have included Dr. Jonathan Crane of the University of Florida and Associate Director of Horticultural Sciences at T.R.E.C. in Homestead, and Dr. Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical Fruit at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
We always appreciate donations made in person, but we welcome them online as well.