gone so long

We’ve been gone so long – like a cider Rip Van Winkle. We are back. We are in the Pacific Northwest. Cascadia based (Seattle adjacent) and we are looking to find out – What’s been going on. Cider is everywhere. Time to explore*. Hello Cider!

(*and do some site housekeeping to fix broken links and content)

What We’re Reading: Uncultivated Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living by Andy Brennan

Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr Cider wrote a book – Uncultivated Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living.

From Chelsea Green Publishing:

“The hero of this book is the wild apple. Uncultivated follows Brennan’s twenty-four-year history with naturalized trees and shows how they have guided him toward successes in agriculture, in the art of cider making, and in creating a small-farm business. The book contains useful information relevant to those particular fields, but is designed to connect the wild to a far greater audience, skillfully blending cultural criticism with a food activist’s agenda.”

Here are links to some additional information about Andy, Aaron Burr Cider, wild apples and real ciders:

About Aaron Burr CiderAaron Burr Cider’s Cider 101

Eric Asimov in The New York Times
A New Golden Age for Cider Production in New York

Rowan Jacobsen in Tasting Table
The Feral Cider Society: Looking for the Future of American Cider on the Side of the Road

On Thanksgiving Traditions In The Colony of New Haven.

 

Colliers Thanksgiving Cover 1901

“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.”

Page: 191

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.

 

Resources: Your Daily Cider @HelloCider!

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With @HelloCider we attempt to cover all things Cider: Cidermakers Profiles, Emerging Makers, Cider Debuts, Orcharding, Pollinators, Cider (Pome) Fruit Stories, Cider Business & Legislation, Cider Events, Cider History & Lore, Cider-Serving Establishments, Cider Reviews & Tasting Notes, Cider Recipes & Pairing, Cider Mixology, Cider Organizations, Heroes of Cider and Cider Readings & Resources. Everything Useful, Pertinent or Of Interest Re: Cider.

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If You Like Cider, Like We Like Cider

LOC apple imageA 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.

A Sampling:

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

Link: http://ciderweekny.com/

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

Link: http://mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=294

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

Link: http://www.ciderdays.org

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.

Link: www.ciderweekva.com

Slow Food Russian River Event: Cider & Cheese Pairing with Titled Shed Ciderworks and Devoto Orchards Cider. Oct 27, 3-6 PM for tickets:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/470210

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.

Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association 

Hudson Valley Cider Alliance 

Northwest Cider Association

Rocky Mountain Cider Association 

Vermont Ice Cider Association 

And in Canada:

Cidre du Québec / Les Cidriculteurs Artisans du Québec 

Ontario Craft Cider Association

Perhaps it is time for a National Cider Calendar?