Monthly Archives: October 2011

Dear Apple Cider, sorry I took you for granted

Apple cider. I took you for granted.

This week at school I handed out some local apple cider (non alcoholic of course) samples that were donated to the kitchen. Being October and all, I thought it would be a nice treat to the students. What I failed to realize was how many kids HAD NEVER HAD APPLE CIDER BEFORE! Many people, and a certain demographic, knows all about apple cider, plans trips around apple cider making and purchasing, and goes gaga over apple cider.

Apple cider, a beverage produced from apples that would not be best consumed raw, is an enjoyable drink; a drink I grew up on, seasonally of course. Many kids don’t know what apple cider is. They can tell you all 100 plus products of the CoCa Cola company but they can’t name a natural, historic, beverage that is made naturally at this time every year since the beginning of time. It’s sad. But, the apple cider glass is still have full here and so despite being shocked, we used it as a golden opportunity to talk to the students during those few breakfast meal periods about apples, seasonal produce, apple cider making, and had them try it. Did everyone like it? No. But, some did, and some walked away liking something new they had never tried before. That’s what cooking is all about, right!?

Happy fall! And happy cider drinking.

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Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Apple Picking and Cider Pressing

The brisk air, growing shadows and emerging fall hues mean one thing: Apple Season! …And turning them into cider. Now is your chance to see the process and taste the results.

First a little history lesson. You know Johnny Appleseed? The mythic frontiersman spreading apple trees all across the (then) West? Bet you didn’t know he actually did it in order to bring hard cider to the masses.

Prohibition nearly sounded the death knell for the cider industry in America. But with renewed interest in local, sustainable, heritage foods, hard cider is making a comeback. The taste doesn’t hurt either. Taking on characteristics of the apples used, it too has a terroir much like wine.

Now that your interest is piqued…

Apple

Distillery Lane Ciderworks is offering Slow Food members and the public a chance to learn all about the process of turning apples to cider. Located just outside Burkittsville, MD, the family-owned and operated farm grows unique apple varieties perfect for baking, eating, and of course cider making. On Saturday, October 15, 2011 you can come to pick apples, learn about cider making and participate in pressing the apples.

Tickets are $20 dollars for the public and $15 for Slow Food members. Some of the ticket price will be credited towards the apples you get to take home.

The official tour starts at 1pm, but if you come at Noon, Slow Food DC is planning on having a potluck lunch. Just bring something to share with 3 other people. And if you only spend $5 for your contribution, even better!

The Distillery Lane Ciderworks is about 15 minutes from Frederick, MD and about an hour from DC. Given that, we are hoping to coordinate rides. If you can offer one or need one, please contact kati_(at)_slowfooddc.org with info on where you’re coming from.

Image credit: flickr user Thomas Hawk
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