The Surprising Story of Apples in the South

Meet & Greet Local Author Diane Flynt

SustainFloyd is happy to host a community gathering at the Floyd Library on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 3:00pm. We will celebrate local author Diane Flynt and the topic she has embraced: apples. Attendees have reserved spaces for what promises to be a well-attended event. Late attendees may still find seats but are not guaranteed.

About the Author

Diane Flynt founded Foggy Ridge Cider in Dugspur, VA in 1997 and has since been a Finalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Beverage Professional. Diane is passionate and deeply knowledgeable about the apples of the south and will share some of her stories with us at this event.

About the Book

Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South by Diane Flynt, Foreword by Sean Brock, Photographs by Angie Moser

For anyone who’s ever picked an apple fresh from the tree or enjoyed a glass of cider, writer and orchardist Diane Flynt offers a new history of the apple and how it changed the South and the nation. Showing how southerners cultivated over 2,000 apple varieties from Virginia to Mississippi, Flynt shares surprising stories of a fruit that was central to the region for over 200 years. Colorful characters abound in this history, including aristocratic Belgian immigrants, South Carolina plantation owners, and multiple presidents, each group changing the course of southern orchards.

She shows how southern apples, ranging from northern varieties that found fame on southern soil to hyper-local apples grown by a single family, have a history beyond the region, from Queen Victoria’s court to the Oregon Trail. Flynt also tells us the darker side of the story, detailing how apples were entwined with slavery and the theft of Indigenous land. She relates the ways southerners lost their rich apple culture in less than the lifetime of a tree and offers a tentatively hopeful future.

Alongside unexpected apple history, Flynt traces the arc of her own journey as a pioneering farmer in the southern Appalachians who planted cider apples never grown in the region and founded the first modern cidery in the South. Flynt threads her own story with archival research and interviews with orchardists, farmers, cidermakers, and more. The result is not only the definitive story of apples in the South but also a new way to challenge our notions of history.

Books will be for sale at the event!

The book costs $35. Payments for the book will be taken at the event and the author will sign copies for all who attend.

Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived by Diane Flynt
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