Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

Today's Tip: Mow vegetation short around the base of fruit trees and bushes to reduce winter habitat for rodents.

Category Archives: Cider & Perry

Celebrate the Harvest with a Cider Pressing Party

Getting ready to press cider

This past week­end our neigh­bors threw their annual cider press­ing party. It’s always great fun to get together with friends and wrap up the har­vest before the snow flies. If you are blessed with an over abun­dance of fruit, there is still time to orga­nize your own cider mak­ing shindig. If you are lucky you […]

What Makes a Rich Sweet Cider?

Crates of sweet, tart, and aromatic apples for cider

A good cider, like good wine, is an amal­gam of fla­vors. In this case, I’m going to talk about sweet, not fer­mented cider. Cider pressed from a sin­gle vari­ety tends to be a bit bland. For a rich sweet cider, a mix of sev­eral vari­eties yields the best results. Strive for some sweet, some tart, […]