At Cornell Orchards there is a far corner block of apples with names like Summerset Redstreak and Chisel Jersey. This is the cider block where they cultivate a handful of different apples that have traditionally been used for making hard cider. Last week we took a few afternoons to pick some of these apples. It was a nice change of pace from the usual picking. One does not have to be nearly as gentle with the cider apples being as they are going straight to the press. Unlike other apples cider apple drops can also be collected since the fermentation and alcohol will kill any unwanted bacteria.
|picking cider apples|
We will revisit the block a few more times this season as different varieties come ripe. When it is all said and done and the apples meet the press, I hope to get my hands on some of the juice and try my luck at a batch or two.
|A full bin of Chisel Jersey ready to be hauled away|