Soft Cider -> Hard Cider

The apples are rolling in and we decided to buy a press to try to make hard cider with them.


It’s raining applesapples_coming_down

Washing stationIMG_1798

And that’s why we wash them 🙂IMG_1800

All crushed and ready to go.IMG_1803 IMG_1805

Packed all the way down IMG_1866

And the resulting yumminess. Only a few of our apple trees produce apples that are decent to eat. The rest are small and quite tart, we were surprised to learn they actually make the best cider.IMG_1869

They don’t eat much of it but they are happy to indulge their urge to scratch.IMG_1880

Contemplating our options for turning these 5 gallons into hard cider IMG_1929

We provided sugar for the fermentation in the form of honey & maple syrupIMG_1939

Meandering Marmot

We have a resident woodchuck on our land, quite close to the house. I’ve stopped trying to take shots at it. It has reached the status of “mystical” at this point for bullets go through it like a ghost. It built a far reaching tunnel system with holes 300 feet apart. It removed a massive skunk I had buried in one of them. Above all, it respected our garden for 2 years and doesn’t seem interested in making new holes. At this point I have nothing but respect and admiration left for the little guy. I just hope we don’t come to regret it, a raid on the garden would void a lot of our efforts.

Pondering a joy ride on the pedal tractorIMG_1427

Observing IMG_1614 IMG_1674 IMG_1704

Apple droppings

Every day we pick up droppings from a tree that is a bit early. We make just enough applesauce for a day, just enough for the house to smell incredible.


the nice ones are saved as they keep really well


the ugly ones are cooked immediately