Cider Making and Cider Press Rentals

The autumn months here in the Pacific NW see apple season in full swing, which means it’s also cider season! Pressing apples for cider is a good way to make use of slightly damaged apples that would otherwise go to waste. It’s a fun activity that you can do with your friends and neighbors, and, of course, you’ll be rewarded with delicious cider afterwards!

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In the fall of 2020, City Fruit volunteers Nick and Bea made fresh cider using a family heirloom press. They had previously purchased some cider apples from City Fruit for a cider pressing party they hosted in Fremonder where almost 100 neighbors gathered to press cider. You might be wondering, where did the cider apples come from? That summer, community volunteers harvested over 200 lbs. of apples from the Linden Orchard Park, which were donated to FamilyWorks in Wallingford. Another 200 lbs. of cider apples were also harvested that day. Although they were not suitable for donating, the apples were perfectly fine for pressing for cider!

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On the day of Nick and Bea’s cider pressing event, they pressed about 12 gallons of cider! Some of the cider was bottled and then frozen, and the rest was turned into apple cider vinegar.

Do you want to try your hand at making cider too? City Fruit has two cider presses, an electric press and a manual press, and they are available for rental. If you are interested in renting one, you can contact us at board@cityfruit.org!