kane county or chicago area midwest fruit explorers
I am making this short for now.
I am always interested In meeting people ,
and I am also intereted In sharing/ trading things like seeds plants
trying new fruits berries medicinal plants (even places recomed to go hiking etc.)
anyways I found this I am not a member it costs 10 dollars a year unfortunatly I work alot, and don't own a vehicle
they have fruit tasting of different cultivars different types of fruit,
and at least I think It sounds like a bargin.
copy/pasted from the home page
MidFEx, short for Midwest Fruit Explorers, is a non-profit organization of amateur backyard fruit growing enthusiasts. Most of our members live in the counties surrounding Chicago.
We are crazy about the best tasting, most flavorful fruits that grow well here. We are also interested in growing special, superior and unusual fruits regardless of their appearance or commercial appeal. This includes little known varieties of apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes and nuts; and more unusual fruits such as the pawpaw, mulberry, persimmon, fig, juneberry, Asian pear, and hardy kiwi. Our members locate, graft, propagate, test, grow and swap these superior fruiting plants, and then get together and share their knowledge.
Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.midfex.org/