Grandpa Tony's Unpasteurized Apple Cider - Applebrook Farms, Broad Brook, CT
Had some of Grandpa Tony's Cider - pressing number 2 - a delicious mix of 17 apple varieties (if I counted right) Sweet, tart, refreshing and with a good finish. It's unpasteurized so bring a cooler to keep it cold on the way home. The apple varieties change during the season so the cider will also change but they know what they're doing so it will continue to be a well balanced cider. If you haven't tried unpasteurized apple cider before you need to give yourself a new experience.
They also have cider donuts - made for them by Donut Dip in West Springfield. Haven't tried them but I'm still looking for a cider mill that makes fresh donuts on the premises.
Below is part of an email they sent me when I asked for a list of the apples in the cider:
We get our donuts from Donut Dip in West Springfield. In Connecticut, making your
own donuts requires a commercial kitchen which we don't have. We found Donut
Dip and had them create cider donuts for us. They had never made them
before, but now they're one of their biggest autumn/winter sellers. We
pick them up fresh on Saturdays and Sundays and sell them frozen during the week.
We usually sell out by 4 on weekends so the earlier you come, the better.
We're open 11-5 on Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 6 Tu - Fri and closed on Mondays.
The apples used in Pressing #2 are Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious,
Macintosh, Cortland, Macoun, Ginger Gold, Honey Crisp, Roxbury Russet,
Jonamac, Jonagold, Liberty, Paulared, Empire, Jonathan, Summer Rambeau and
Spartan. Thanks for your interest in our farm, Tom and Sharon Muska
Just got back from there. The cider is very complex - and it was nice to have unpasteurized again.
The cider was a bit pricey, approx $4 for 1/2gal and $7.50 for 1 gallon. Cider donuts were $5 for 6. Nice little place.
I'll definately return.
They are currently on batch 4 of approximately 18.
I think you'll like their cider ..... also, in Glastonbury there is the Old Cider Mill - they have unpasteurized apple cider that is pretty tasty.
Ditto on the THANKS! I have a friend who was just bemoaning the fact that she cannot find unpasteruized cider AND she lives in Broadbrook. She was stoked.
I live in the SF Bay Area and look forward to visiting my relatives in CT each fall. Our local farmer's market does have a vendor that also has unpasteurized apple cider. It's good but not quite as complex as Grandpa Tony's.
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Tried the donuts and thought they were very good. Had a nice crunch on the outside, and moist on the inside. I could tell they were fresh.
Thanks again for the heads up.
Also - the people there were very friendly. Showed solid appreciation and thanked me for coming out in the bad rainstorm.
We just came home from Applebrook Farms, and are most pleased. Wonderful cider, and the donuts are super, even if they aren't made on the premises. Tom said they are made to their specifications, and he also spoke with us about how he makes their cider. Worth the trip!
I picked up some cider (and apples, and donuts) today - I got one of the last half-gallons of the current batch. They won't be pressing any more cider until Wednesday since this is normally a very slow period for them.
Although they closed for the season the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Russell Orchards in Ipswich, MA, make their own cider and make cider donuts on the premises. Good stuff... well, that is I love their donuts but have never had cider donuts anywhere else (yet!)...
They re-open on May 1, 2008 according to their website: