• Picking Apples From A Tall Tree & Cider Pressing Announcement

    by  • September 29, 2013 • Events, Featured, Gardening & Pets • 3 Comments

    bamboo pole and apples

    We’re in the midst of bedding down the garden for winter. Stakes are laying all over the place and Lil has comandeered these 8 foot bamboo poles for playing pole vault, riding them like a witch’s broomstick, and fighting imaginary monsters. It’s a cheap toy, yet another version of the ‘box and a stick’, always favorite playthings.

    On Sunday, Alex and I were surveying the yard and noticed that some apples on our mature, very tall apple tree were ripe. The ones that fell to the ground on their own were getting eaten by deer or dogs or raccoons, all of whom are less worthy of organic apples than us. We were pondering whether to rent or buy a pole-mounted apple picker when Lil ran towards the garage. She returned with a bamboo pole and started whacking at the apples. The ripe ones fell to the ground where we could pick them up.

    Brilliant, my new eight-year-old!

    hitting down apples with a bamboo pole

    Alex grabbed a pole too and I found a Trug. Twenty minutes of fun hitting and collecting later and we had a bushel of apples. Obviously many bruised when they hit the ground but for making cider, that doesn’t matter.

    cider press

    We would love to let you hit an apple with a bamboo pole and see cider pressing in action. We’re holding a Cider Pressing Open House at 1224 E Cooke Rd Columbus OH 43224 on Saturday October 26 from 2-5 pm. See you there!

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    3 Responses to Picking Apples From A Tall Tree & Cider Pressing Announcement

    1. October 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Hi Rachael,

      Nick Stanich here, with Franklinton Gardens. I see you have a cider press that you are going to show off later this month. We are trying to get our hands on one this Saturday for a cider pressing demonstration at Franklinton’s GoWest Festival and I was hoping you could point us in a direction where we might be able to find someone who would lend us one for the day. We just pulled in a few hundred pounds of apples that we’d like to press throughout the day to give away as apple cider during the festival.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

      Regards,
      Nick

      • October 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        Hi Nick,

        Hundreds of pounds of apples sounds lovely! The best cider is made from over-ripe apples, so let them sit in a warm spot and get nice and soft.

        Unfortunately I don’t know of anyone who has a press to loan. Our press is large and unwieldy to move. We’re happy to help press chemical-free fruit here at our place but can’t loan it out. If that’s something you are interested in, please reply and we’ll see what we can work out.

        Be well,
        Rachel

        • October 7, 2013 at 11:27 pm

          Great! When we start picking all the pears and apples from the neighborhood trees we’ll contact you and bring up a bunch.

          Thanks!

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