The Hidden History of the Apple in North America
“Thanksgiving was celebrated with the greatest profusion. For three days previous all was bustle and preparation: the stalled ox was killed, – turkeys, hens, and geese innumerable shared the fate of Charles the first, – a load of the best walnut wood was drawn for the thanksgiving fires, a barrel of the best cider was chosen, the best pumpkins were selected for pies, (to supply the place of minced,)* and strong water was provided in moderation to assist the inspiration of the joyful occasion.”
* “It has been said that minced pies were proscribed from the bill of fare of the Puritans because they were customarily made by the Episcopalians on Christmas.”
From: History of the colony of New Haven: before and after the union with Connecticut. Containing a particular description of the towns which composed that government, viz., New Haven, Milford, Guilford, Branford, Stamford, & Southold, L. I., with a notice of the towns which have been set off from “the original six.”
Author: Edward Rodolphus Lambert Publisher: Hitchcock & Stafford, 1838 – Branford (Conn.)
via: google ebook
Image: Creator(s): Penfield, Edward, 1866-1925, artist. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, reproduction number LC-USZC4-1206 (color film copy transparency)
From the archives: November 2014.
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A Quick Reminder (as if you need to be prodded to go out and seek cider):
Cider events abound this time of year – so if you like cider, like we like cider,
partake of the cider activities occurring across the country. And take a friend.
Cider Week NY & Hudson Valley is well underway and the New Amsterdam region is awash in cider.
Cider Week NY – New York & Hudson Valley – October 18 – 27, 2013
Great Maine Apple Day an apple-filled day of talks, walks and apple ID sessions with John Bunker and book signings with Claude Jolicoeur.
Great Maine Apple Day October 27, 2013
Franklin County Cider Days is in its 19th year as a “community event celebrating all things apple.” Offerings include workshops, tastings, cider salons, and more.
Franklin County Cider Days – Franklin County, Massachusetts Nov 2-3, 2013
Cider Week VA – Virginia – November 15 – 23, 2013
Virginia is Cider County. We enjoyed Virginia cider and hospitality on a recent visit, and you can too.
Slow Food Russian River Event: Cider & Cheese Pairing with Titled Shed Ciderworks and Devoto Orchards Cider. Oct 27, 3-6 PM for tickets:
RESOURCES: To find cider festivities in your area:
Visit the website, pages, and twitter feeds of your favorite local & regional cider makers to find out what events they are involved in.
Check your regional cider association, alliance, or organization’s events list.
And in Canada:
Perhaps it is time for a National Cider Calendar?