This is my sister Mary and nephew Matthew....aren't they the cutest in the whole world? Yes Mary is as nice as she looks in these pictures and Matthew is the best, sweetest spirited boy...he is a great helper.....take it away Mary!
We are so fortunate to live in the northwest. We enjoy the abundant harvest of so many wonderful fruits and vegetables. I live on a few acres that have been in my family for over 100 years. The apple trees here were planted in the 1890's. My Aunt Janet told us on Saturday that some people came through the area all of those years ago saying they were related to Johnny Appleseed. My great-grandfather was lucky enough to procure some of these trees. All of these years later they are still bearing fruit. This year we waited until after the first frost to press apples. After the first frost it brings up the sugar in the apples and yes it is true.
So we don't have our own cider press and it got a little exciting trying to find one. I finally went on to Facebook and put out the word that we were looking. And sure enough right away my friend Bev got in touch and said she thought she could get a hold of her Dad's press. (he is in his 90's) I can only imagine how old this press is.
Isn't this wheel beautiful, I felt so lucky to be able to use this. Thank you Bev!
Team work, see we all learn lessons here.
Ok time to get busy. Jody looks happy...
It was quite an operation. Everyone wanted to help. Follow along and watch the action.
The apples go from the little trailer in to a water bath in the wash tub and then into the press.
Hams' both of them. Aunt Janet and Perry. Paul is making sure they don't spill any.
This is a glimpse in to the hopper very simple but efficient press.
The chickens were delighted with their sweet apple treat.
Looks like Aunt Janet is giving advice. Funny.
Jaegar and I thinking we are doing something. Ha. We look good though.
Sweetest apple cider ever.
Diana documenting the fun.
Jody cleaning up the cider press. It was the best.
Beautiful apples. Old tree.
Time to put the press away and wait for next year and a whole lot of fun on the hill!!!
CHEERS TO HAPPY !!!
OH YEAH BABY!!