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Pressing Cider


By Loni Kemp

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
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My heart sank as I heard the news. The Amish family who had pressed our apples into cider for many years was not home. Indeed, nothing was left in the house at all, reported a friend who tried to reserve our pressing date. A neighbor reported that they had moved away to Wisconsin. What on earth were we to do with some 40 bushels of apples? We needed a new presser. Our small group of friends had been working together annually to make fresh cider, picking our apples, helping to process them, and bottling the crisp new vintage for freezing.

Luckily, the family was careful to get word to me, through their lawyer who happens to be my husband, that someone else was taking up the business. With great relief I paid a visit to a friendly young man who not only learned from his predecessor, but hand-built his own new and improved pressing system. A convenient drive-through shed enabled easier unloading of the heavy apple bins onto an elevated platform. A quieter motor ran a feed grinder to crush the apples into pomace, which dropped immediately down into a large bin before being raked into the beautiful wooden frames he made and stacked three at a time. A few cranks on the hydraulic cylinder put pressure on the frames and liquid gold came running out the sides of the frames. The dry pomace left over was thrown into a wagon, and fed to the sheep nearby. We agreed on a date for him to press our cider.

On our designated morning, the group effort mobilized. My husband helped me load the 14 bins of apples I had picked after they were kissed with a few frosts to add sweetness. As I drove the borrowed pickup across the countryside I noticed other farmers hauling corn and cattle and felt a part of the whole harvest miracle. A crew of loyal friends were making their way from Harmony, Lanesboro and Preston to help out. It was a cool and breezy morning, but none of the predicted snow and rain showed up, so we felt lucky. As we converged at the lovely grouping of Amish farms, our supervisor welcomed us, directing visiting buggies to where they could unload their apples.

We got right to work, as he started up the grinder engine and we fed the apples through, tossing any rotten ones onto the pomace wagon. A group of children watched the commotion, and the older ones helped out, cranking the press and bringing milk cans for the finished cider.

I pulled out my steel cup and thrust it into the gush of cider, and passed it ar .....
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Musings from the back porch!

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
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There once was once a lady who requested a ‘pie’ oh my, and not just any pie, not canned and not made with fresh peaches covered with glaze, but an old fashioned peach pie, thickened with tapioca! This lady is a very dear friend of mine and does ..... 
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Old Fashioned Apple Cake

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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As I write this article, we are into the middle of October the 10th month of the year. Birthstone being the Tourmaline or Opal. Flower the Calendula and Zodiac sign Libra. There are many Holiday celebrations too numerous to mention all, but to menti ..... 
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The Ugly Green Pot

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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An ugly, enameled green dutch oven sits in a place of honor upon my stove. It sits rather heavily, for it is made of cast iron. In this one cooking vessel roasts are seared, sauces stirred up, chickens roasted, soups simmered and on rare occasions i ..... 
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Tech Bytes

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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Brace yourselves avid Twitter fans, this form social media is going through a sort of a rough patch. What all free social media sites depend upon for sustainability would be revenues from advertising. So, what happens when your advertising revenues ..... 
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Cheesey Butternut Macaroni Bake

By Kathy Little

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
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I’m not a “Pampered Chef” (pun intended) or a Tupperware Queen with many plastic containers that burp on command. I have to honestly admit that these are good products (and also on the advice of my lawyer), but I am too cheap to buy many of th ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - September 30, 2013

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
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Morning coffee days on the porch are numbered, sad to say. But as I enjoy one of the last, my mind travels back to a few weeks ago, when 10 college friends met for a 50 year reunion of our senior trip to Colorado. We traveled there in a nine passeng ..... 
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Yum-m-m - Planning a Wedding? Trying to Be Frugal?

By Katie Van Sickle

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
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You probably have attended many weddings this summer or maybe your invitations will start coming in the mail for fall weddings. I love the fall colors for decorating my home and it is a great time of year for decorating for a wedding as well. My ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - A Taste of Changing Seasons

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
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Leeks and carrots arrived in the CSA box today. These lovely vegetables were accompanied by equally lovely warm weather chili peppers and tomatoes, but leeks and carrots are... fall vegetables. Fall vegetables? Is it really that time of year alrea ..... 
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