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Unpasteurised Cider Central or Southern New Hampshire

Hi All - We're going to be making a trip from the Boston 'burbs to climb Mt Moosilauke this weekend....
Any spots along the way not too far off of 93 where we can pick up some unpasteurised apple cider, and maybe some cider donuts?

Thanks in advance!

Dewey

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  1. It's a bit of a schlep off of 93, but we stopped at the orchard at Hollow Hill Farm in Tamworth a couple of weekends ago with the kids. Bought the most glorious unpasteurised cider, picked some apples, petted their mare (Mandy) and had a great time. The apples aren't pretty, but they're tasty. You might want to call ahead to make sure they're still picking and pressing cider. 603/323-7456

    1. There are two orchards in Londonderry NH, fairly close to 93 that offer their own cider as well as cider donuts

      http://www.macksapples.com/
      &
      http://www.sunnycrestfarmnh.com/

      1. Does anyone sell cider without preservatives anymore? I used to get this around the Merrimack Valley in the late 90s but then it was increasingly hard to find. Probably fear of lawsuits. I used to make some killer hard cider but with any kind of preservative, the fermentation is inhibited.

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        1. re: Dinsdale45

          There's a little farm in Merrimac MA, on what I think is called Amesbury Line Road
          http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h...
          Across from W. Newbury, just uphill from Rocks Village, South of 110 and Whittier HS. They are still selling unpasteurized cider. My son says he made his best batch ever with lae season cider from there last year. I can check to see when they will stop pressing and selling!

          1. re: pastrytroll

            You must be thinking of Turkey Hill Farm, actually in Haverhill, but I'm not sure they have apples...I know they have lots of upick berries.

            I'll second Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury for cider and a lot more.

            BTW, 'zoom out ' and check out Kimball Farm corn maze on pastrytroll's map link

            1. re: merrvally

              Turkey Hill Farm does not have apples...just berries and Christmas Trees.

              The Kimball Farm corn maze is a blast and be sure to check it out on the next full moon. Last full moon it was open and had so much fun trying to work are way through. Lots of fun for the little as well as big kids.

            2. re: pastrytroll

              The farm you are refering to on Amesbury Line Road is Fay's Farm which is in Haverhill, MA. it's off Rte. 110 heading toward Whittier VoTech. I'm very happy with the cider there. This place is about a mile from my home so it's easy for me to go back and forth between them and Cider Hill. Cider Hill has the big farm stand while Fay's is on a much smaller scale, Fay's apple cider is as good if not better than Cider Hill's most of the time. No cider doughnuts at Fay's though :(

              1. re: Infomaniac

                is Fay's cider a pasteurized product?

                1. re: ScubaSteve

                  It's unpasteurized....and I think they are only open on weekends through October.

            3. re: Dinsdale45

              Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, they got what you need.

            4. It isn't off 93, but there's very few places left in NH that still sell unpasturized cider. However, Tenney's in Antrim, NH (southern NH) still does and they started pressing last week. Tenney's is on NH Rte 202, between Peterborough and Rte 9 (runs from Keene to Concord on this stretch of the road). I hope this helps!

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              1. re: malagacove

                I read the above about Tenney's and as I'm somewhat nearby I stopped in--- they do indeed have unpasturized cider and it was DELICIOUS...5 bucks for a gallon....wish they had cider donuts.....great to know so thanks for the tip...

              2. Gould Hill Orchard, in Contoocook (Rt 89, exit 4), has wonderful unpasteurized cider. They grow dozens of varieties of apple, including heirlooms grown ONLY there, so the blend is complex and vibrant. Love their apples and the little onsite museum, too.

                1. If you follow the signs from exit 18 off 93, the Canterbury Shaker Village is having a Harvest Day on Oct.4 In addition to the usual (fascinating) tour and great restaurant, there will be an outdoor lunch option, special ham&beans dinner, music, and additional demonstrations of Shaker crafts and inventions.

                  1. Lull Farm in Hollis, Currier in Merrimack, Poverty Lane in Lebanon all offer unpasturized no-preservative cider. Poverty Hill is owned & run by the same people who make Farnum Hill Cider (i.e. hard cider).

                    1. I'm not in NH, so I can't make any specific suggestions, but there are alternative processes to heat pasteurization, and in particular you may find a cidermill in your state that takes advantage of 'cold pasteurization.'
                      Here in NJ I've found at least one cidermill, Melick Farms, that cold pasteurizes their apple cider using UV light and the result is VERY good. It satisfies the regulatory folks in that it has the same effectiveness as heat pasteurization, and satisfies the taste buds in that it seems to have no effect whatsoever on the flavor. I always am on the lookout for unpasteurized cider myself...but this process may be an alternative to look for in the future.

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                      1. re: The Professor

                        I suggest doing a side by side comparison of unpasteurized cider with UV treated cider from the same farm. To my taste, there is a very significant difference. UV treatment is certainly closer to fresh pressed than heat treatment... but it still alters the taste quite a bit.