Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Desperately Seeking Cider Press

We have at least 4 apple trees here at The Fahm; some have tongue-twistingly tart golden apples, some red.  The thing is, while we only have 4 trees, we have about a million apples, apples that are so ripe they fling themselves off the trees just to get our attention. We don't know how long the apple trees have been here though they are huge in size. Even without fertilizer, competent pruning, or attention for a couple of generations, our trees, being the hardy New England type, are very...FRUITFUL.

Last year I made prison apple jack and apple butter from one small harvest of about 20 end-of-season apples. This year I've got much, much bigger plans:  apple cider, hard apple cider, apple cider vinegar, apple sauce, apple butter, apple pie filling, apple-concord-grape juice ... I think you can see where this is going.  

I plan to put myself into direct competition for resources with Our Bear who (apparently) snacks from our apple trees and poops in our fields and woods with impunity. If anyone is going to be doing that around here, it's gonna be me


Do you have a cider press? Do you know anyone who has a cider press?  May we use it? Can we trade some apples to do so?  Failing that, can we just give you some apples?