Last weekend we were invited to an apple cider pressing party, bring your own apples. Our favorite place to pick is Rocky Ridge Orchard in Bowdoin, as much for the pumpkin donuts as for the apples.
It's about a twenty minute drive from our house, unless you're riding in one of these classics!
Before harvesting our apples, we had roast chicken sandwiches on the patio overlooking the orchard. The maples were in peak color, and it was unusually warm, mid 60s. Autumn is my favorite time of year in Maine, but it's bittersweet, watching the leaves fall, knowing that winter is so long.
After years of practice, my daughter is an expert picker. We like Cortlands the best for eating, but any apple will work for cider, even fallen bruised ones.
and learned how to press cider.
Two grocery bags of apples
make one gallon of cider.
The apples were dropped in the top
and cranked into the catch bucket
(the pulp was saved for the chickens.)
The juice dripped out the bottom
and was filtered before decanting.
It was the best cider ever. Cheers!
Blog Watch: Congratulations to Kristen Lindquist, this year's winner of Maine's Postmark Poetry award! You can sample her haiku poems and occasional nature photos on her blog, Book of Days.