Cider Season

2011 was a bumper year for apples, and we’re taking full advantage of the bounty at Seven Trees. Actor/singer Mary Martin sums up the joys of the season: We have everything here a scarecrow could want, the fall harvest, the beauty of the changing colors, apple cider, pumpkins and cornstalks.

Here’s the cider zone next door – wash table, crusher & press. And lots of apples!

Here’s our neighbor giving the apples a quick wash. I think eating & drinking food grown on your own land prevents any problems with E. coli and other cooties, but a little water never hurts too.

It’s important to have good helpers when making cider. Sandy is at the ready.

“Give me yesterday’s Bread, this Day’s Flesh, and last Year’s Cyder.”  ~ Benjamin Franklin

The hens and horse are enjoying cider clean-up, one scoop of pomace at a time. Next year apple-squeezins will go to our pigs.

Now we have 11 gallons of cider fermenting – one batch with a gallon of homegrown honey and Lalvin D47 yeast, and the other batch with nothing added but Nottingham ale yeast. Eventually we’ll have some to bottle like wine, and some carbonated like beer. It will be awhile before they are ready to drink, but we’re hoping last year’s batch will be good enough to share soon.

“He that drinks his Cyder alone, let him catch his Horse alone.”~ Benjamin Franklin

And we were lucky enough to be gifted a dandy antique fruit/sausage press this weekend that looks just like this one. Can’t wait to try it out!

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