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Fresh Apple Cider in Los Angeles Area?

mrsantora Oct 7, 2008 11:00 AM

Hey All. New to the boards and was hoping I could get someone to point me in the right direction for some Fresh Apple Cider.

I'm an East Coaster, born and raised in Jersey. So apple cider was a staple of the fall. And while traveling back from SF over the weekend I stopped at an Apple Orchard outside Gilroy that had fresh apple cider - although I was quite curtly told it was only called that on the East Coast. Anyway It was delicious and I was wondering on getting some down here in Los Angeles. And I'm not afraid to drive - just hopefully not back to Gilroy.



  1. katydid13 Oct 8, 2008 06:25 PM

    I have seen an apple-cider vendor at the Hollywood Farmers Market on Ivar every week. He sells dried apples and a couple other related items too. He's on the east side of Ivar and easy to find. Sorry I can't remember the name.

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      Jack Flash Oct 8, 2008 03:16 PM

      I'm not familiar with East Coast cider. I do know that there's a guy at the Pasadena farmers' market (Saturdays) who sells a variety of unpasteurized, fresh juices, including apple cider (had some last week; 100% Macintosh; yummy).

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        LisaN Oct 8, 2008 09:43 AM

        There are several apple orchards in Tehachapi that sell cider. I can't remember all the ones that have cider, but I know Moessner Orchards does.

        1. Professor Salt Oct 7, 2008 10:16 PM

          There's a vendor at the UC Irvine farmer's market on Saturday mornings that sells fresh, real cider. I don't know the name of that source, and if they also sell at other FM's.

          In a pinch, Trader Joe's sells at least two different real ciders (albeit pasteurized and shelf stable). One is a Gravenstein cider, the other is a non-varietal cider, but they're both cloudy, unfiltered ciders, and reasonably decent. My heart breaks, though, for the faraway memories of home.

          1. Das Ubergeek Oct 7, 2008 06:11 PM

            There are several apple orchards in Oak Glen, which is an hour and a half east of LA, near Yucaipa. They all have fresh cider. The closest one happens to be the best, which is Parrish Pioneer.

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              LegoEater Oct 7, 2008 05:12 PM

              A guy at the Claremont farmers market on Sundays sells fresh cider. It comes in frozen from my homeland (Sonoma County) and is sold both pasteurized and non-pasteurized.

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              1. re: LegoEater
                mrsantora Oct 7, 2008 05:53 PM

                Claremont. Well it's a bit of a drive but I'm willing! Do you know when the Farmer's market is and can you give me a cross street?


              2. corydon Oct 7, 2008 04:18 PM

                Some kind of a health code issue involving pastuerization is the source of the nomenclature issue about apple 'cider' versus 'juice'. I get the same thing as cider I drink all over Hudson Valley in autumn, though for more money and less variety in taste, from the various sellers at farmers markets throughout the southland. The best is from a Korean guy I know he's at Silverlake on Saturdays not sure where else. They usually freeze the 1/2/ gallons and I always ask if it is this year's press. tastes about right to me though I miss the bucket of water outside the kitchen door in upstate NY where the chill in the autumn evening gets the cider to the perfect temp!

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                1. re: corydon
                  mrsantora Oct 7, 2008 05:52 PM

                  Haven't been to the Farmer's Market in Silverlake. Where is it? I'll check it out this weekend.


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