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Nov 21, 2007 06:12 AM

Looking for Unpasturized Cider

In Massachusetts, it almost feels like you're trying to pick up black market contraband, due to the pasturizing police. First it disappeared from the stores, then more recently the farmer's markets. For me, the dull taste of pasturized cider just isn't the same.

I've recently found excuses to drive to Maine to get my late Fall fix.

But there's hope. One of the farmers at the Dewey Square farmer's market told me that you can still buy unpasturized cider at apple orchards. And I'd go to his if I only remembered which one it was.

So... which orchards? Anyone know?

Disclaimer: Pasturized cider is much safer, although more recently many farms have started using a UV treatment that theoretically works just as well without destroying the flavor. I haven't seen completely untreated cider for quite a while, and I doubt that the farm's lawyers would allow it to be sold. That said, it's probably best to give only pasturized to kids, elderly, and anyone with any reason to be more susceptible to microbial nasties than usual.

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  1. Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury has it. and it is very, very yummy.

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    1. re: ScubaSteve

      Agree on Cider Hill but they are closed for the season.

      Last year Russell Orchards had it- don't know about this year but they are open through the weekend and then closed for the season.

    2. We just bought 2 gallons of unpasteurized cider at Honey Pot Hill Orchard in Stow. All of the cider in their case was unpasteurized. Give them a call for hours of operation - I know that their season is coming to an end.

      Honey Pot Hill Orchards
      144 Sudbury Rd, Stow, MA

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      1. re: Allstonian

        Another vote for Honey Pot. They should also still have some varieites of apples available in cold storage.

        1. re: steve999

          Yes indeed - Sunday they were offering 3 bags of apples for the price of 2. We might have taken advantage, but we're still working our way through the three small bags we bought a month ago!

          1. re: Allstonian

            Bolton Orchards has awesome unpasterized cider.

      2. This fall, I went to several orchards and got their unpasteurized cider. Cider Hill was very good, but Honeypot was the best. Last week, I went back to get more to freeze, and they had pear cider too. It was very very good. I'd never had it before. They said that they'd be open through Dec. and then the first 2 weekends in Jan. before closing until next July.

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          1. We recently got some at Russell Orchards in Ipswich. Pasteurization aside, I find most of the store ciders to be far too sweet. Russell's is nicely balanced but with a crisp, tart finish. I think most of the cider producers use Macs, but Russell uses Baldwins.