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SORRY FOLKS...The mill will be closed in 2012!!

Several factors have lined up that will prevent me from squeezing juice this season: the worst apple year at the orchard I manage, as well and many others, including farmhouse trees; a massive shortage of fruit in the Great Lakes region that is driving even local cider fruit to 3X their normal price; starting my PhD this semester, with a full courseload on top of work; and frankly, a need for a breather.

I mulled it all over: squeezing just a couple of weekends, squeezing fermenting stock only; doing a big sweet cider share in one weekend all at once, and so on. But it takes a lot of time just to convert the garage into a cider mill, and it isn't worth it for a small squeeze. Besides, my mid-week day off, which has traditionally been setup and apple trucking time, is now occupied by PBIO 295: Biology of Fungi, so it just ain't gonna happen.

But cheer up, the mill isn't going anywhere, I have enough tied up in it, and my home orchard, and I plan on working in this Vermont apple business for the forseeable future. Cider will flow again. I hear that the year after a bad crop, the trees will be loaded. So see everyone in 2013.

Best,

TB

 

 LostMeadowVT.com is a site I have dedicated primarily to my hobbies managing a small  apple and other fruit orchard and making quality, hand-crafted (hard) ciders.  In these pages I will share my experience with all things growing, squeezing, and fermenting, as well as in other areas as I see worth writing about them.


What's New

Check the Apple Press  blog page for new submissions... 

10/15/10

Burlington Free Press piece on LM Cider

9/09/10

TerryB and Bill Suhr (Champlain Orchards) on Vermont Public Radio

9/11/09

Cider Mill Frequently Asked Questions

12/12/08

New cider awards!

Moved non-cider links (personal blogs, family pictures) to OutsideTheOrchard page

9/20/07

Recent Press on TB and his orcharding and cider things:

Vermont Sunday Magazine article on Cider, 9/23/07

His is a pressing business Calais man says making the mash is 'kind of a Zen thing': Times Argus

Autumn 2007 Vermont Life

UVM CALS Organic Orchard Story

Vermont Public Radio Organic Apple Story  Audio Feed!

 

 

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