Thursday, September 2, 2010


My apples are ripe! My apples are ripe! At least as far as I can tell, they are.

Besides hardness, how does one determine the ripeness of an apple? I figure that since they are essentially leaping off of one of my trees, that at least that tree must be ready to go. And so I picked a few today, 5 pounds worth, which didn't even make a dent in that side of that tree. I'm excited for this harvest. This quantity of apples is a wonderful gift for many reasons. They will become applesauce, fruit leather, snacks for the bunnies, and more. But I have to admit that the one apple incarnation that stands head and shoulders above the rest is Bill's hard cider. Some have described Bill's cider as strong. Some have gone so far as to call it hallucinogenic. It packs a punch.

So as soon as we acquire either a steam juicer or a fruit press, we'll have ourselves a little harvest-fest and crank through some apples. And a few months after that - hopefully by Christmas - we'll be knocking back some Boggy Hollow cider. :)


  1. I don't know what I'm more jealous of: the new farm, the animals, the apple trees or the hard cider. hard cider is right up there with wine in my LOVE list of alcoholic beverages. I wish I lived closer so I could assist on quality control :)

  2. Lol @ "quality control" :) That's my excuse for "inspecting" cookies before anyone else gets one. ;)

    I so wish that I could ship my brews, I would hook you up!

  3. I wouldnt mind a little of this cider!

  4. We hate beer, but apple cider is nectar!

  5. so jealous you have your very own apple trees, and I'd love to try some homemade apple cider. What a luxury! Can't wait to read your report around Christmastime.