WENATCHEE An episode of “Washington Grown” featuring the Washington apple industry will air this weekend on two TV stations and will be available on Facebook and YouTube.
This spring, the Washington Apple Commission worked with the Spokane-based production company North By Northwest to film segments for an episode of the show.
“Washington Grown” series features Washington agricultural products, shares with viewers “behind the scenes” footage of the growing and production process, and visits a local restaurant to prepare a dish using the featured ingredients.
This marks this fifth season of the series, which was funded by a specialty crop block grant from the state Department of Agriculture with a small match from each participating cooperator.
In this weekend’s episode highlighting Washington apples, viewers will accompany the host on a visit to Legacy Orchard in East Wenatchee, where Scott McDougall of McDougall and Sons explains the pollination process. The host also chats with Bruce Barritt, the breeder behind Washington’s newest apple variety, Cosmic Crisp, from a newly planted Cosmic Crisp orchard.
The crew learns a bit about the history of Washington and the apple industry with a visit to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, then wraps up the day with a trip to the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival, where the hosts meet with the festival’s queen.
Also featured is Bon Vino restaurant in Sunnyside, where a red wine apple gremolata with caramel apple butter carrots is prepared, and BeanFish food truck in Seattle for a taste of artisanal Japanese Taiyaki apple pie.
The show will air at 5 p.m. Saturday on KIMA, Yakima, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday on KOMO4, Seattle.
At 7 p.m., the show will stream on the “Washington Grown” Facebook page, www.facebook.com/WashingtonGrown.
It will be posted on YouTube on Monday, Oct. 16, and the link will be posted on the Washington Apple Commission Facebook page, www.facebook.com/washingtonapples. Behind-the-scenes photos from the episode shoot will be on the commission’s Facebook page.