Apple Picking – Preparing for Hard Cider


We have so many apples!  It’s time to try something new and make hard apple cider.  I have an apple press and grinder reserved for Labor Day so spending the weekend picking our apples and washing them.  I look forward to documenting the cider making process.

Golden Delicious – I picked from 10:30am – 1pm and then handed it over to farmhand Will Burke to reach the high apples. The tree produced two buckets.


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Hauer Pippin We moved on the Pippin from 2pm – 3pm. This tree is doing exceptionally well considering that it leaned over on the hillside and grew branches straight up which are now really tall.  It also self-propagated so we have a new, smaller tree growing.

IMG_2639IMG_2638IMG_2640IMG_2641The pippin is ripe much later in Fall with red stripes, but I need apples for the cider and went ahead and picked them.  We’ll pick more tomorrow along with the Gravensteins.


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