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Making Apple Cider

This is our first apple pressing with a homemade press that our neighbors Marjie, Casey and Finn loaned to us. We have two organic apple trees—one 30 foot tall Freedom apple and a 15' Liberty apple variety—that produced  a virtual truckload of apples this year, not to mention the truckload of apples that our neighbor Earnest brought over.  Earnest is a retired Franciscan priest who is growing organic apples, pears and Thompson seedless grapes. He isn't yet living full time at his homestead across the road from us. But we expect him to join us full time in the Welcome Valley in early 2015. 

What's the difference between Apple Juice and Apple Cider?

Fresh apple cider is raw apple juice that has not undergone a filtration process to remove coarse particles of pulp or sediment …. Apple juice is juice that has been filtered to remove solids and pasteurized so that it will stay fresh longer.  This year we pressed only apple cider and OMG it was the most delicious cider I've ever had. Probably because this was our first harvest of apples on the farm—and something about watching the apples grow, taste testing them throughout the early fall to see when they were ripe, and picking the bushels and bushels of apples with our friends Tarini, Linda and Bill—is no doubt what gives 3 Rivers Farm apple cider it's most scrumptious taste! 

Music - "River Went Dry" by Josh Woodward (Google Play • AmazonMP3 • iTunes)