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Post-picking: Where to press & celebrate apple cider in Mass.

Posted by Melissa Massello  October 2, 2013 03:15 PM

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Ah, apple picking. It's a classic way to spend an autumn weekend in New England. Sure, you can eat them raw, bake them into pies, make applesauce and apple butter. But you can make them into cider, too. Sweet or hard, apple cider is a beverage of the season. Here's how you can celebrate by pressing your own, at home or at a local farm:

October 5 & 6: Cider Pressing & Harvest Party
Red Fire Farm, Granby, MA
Got those apples and need somewhere to press them? Red Fire Farm's cider press will be running this weekend from 10 am to 4 pm. On Saturday, there will also be a Harvest-themed potluck, locally made cider donuts, apple and squash tastings, and pumpkin painting.

October 5 & 6: Apple Days
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
Also this weekend, soak up a little history with your apples. At Old Sturbridge Village, you can taste nearly forgotten heirloom apple varieties, watch the ox-operated cider mill, and
make your own mulling spices sachet.

November 2 & 3: CiderDays
Franklin County, MA
This celebration of cider starts with an apple pancake breakfast, and just gets more autumnal from there. Beginners can sign up for the cidermaking workshop, while those with their own brew can enter the second annual amateur cider competition. Apple lover Amy Traverso will be doing a cooking demo, plus there will be a tasting of 60 varieties of commercial cider and a locavore dinner. Check out all the workshops, tastings, and more on the event schedule.

Would you rather do it all yourself? Hobby Farms magazine has an in-depth article on how to make hard cider, and Mother Earth News shows you how to build a cider press.

What's your favorite way to enjoy apples? Tell us in the comments or tweet us at @DIYBoston!


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