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Unpasteurized Apple Cider

Ali G Sep 30, 2009 09:54 AM

Anybody know which orchards sell the unpasteurized cider? I'm pretty sure Cider Hill does. Any others? Cider donuts and Fuji apples are also a huge plus. Thanks.

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    phatchris Oct 17, 2009 06:46 AM

    Dowse in Sherborn.

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      firestarlj Oct 16, 2009 09:53 PM

      Do any of the Farmer's Markets in Boston sell unpasteurized apple cider?

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      1. re: firestarlj
        greenzebra Oct 16, 2009 10:51 PM

        Not quite Boston, but I've seen it at the Tuesday market at Harvard University (near Sanders Theater).

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          overproofed Oct 19, 2009 11:39 AM

          I think Noquochoke Orchards cider is UV-treated instead of heat pasteurized. They go to a bunch of farmers markets, including Boston City Hall (Mon., Wed.), Brookline (Thur.), and Newton (Tue.). I also think that one of the stands at the Waltham farmers market (Sat.) sells unpasteurized cider.

        2. Gio Oct 1, 2009 11:48 AM

          I bought unpasturized apple cider at Tendercrop Farm on Rte. 1A in Newbury last Thanksgiving. I'll have to see if they have it earlier this year, but you could phone them to find out:
          http://www.tendercropfarms.com/

          I didn't notice any when we were there last Saturday.

          1. Chris VR Sep 30, 2009 02:33 PM

            Russell Orchards and Cider Hill definitely do. It's actually pretty hard to find these days. Not sure if either have Fujis.

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              okra Oct 1, 2009 11:42 AM

              Remember, your favorite eating apple may not make the tastiest cider. Your mileage may vary.

              Another option is the Franklin County Cider Day out in Colrain.

              http://www.ciderday.org/

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                tdaaa Oct 1, 2009 01:44 PM

                Cider Hill farm had a new hybrid (gingercrisp I think) that was absolutely great when I was there a few weeks ago. They have a wide variety of apples, probably worth a call to see if they have Fujis.

                Cider was great.

              2. re: Chris VR
                Science Chick Oct 26, 2009 07:31 AM

                got some from Russell Orchards yesterday. One big plus to theirs is that they use integrated pest control, so no spray on the apples!

              3. justbeingpolite Sep 30, 2009 10:33 AM

                I think this gets asked every year:
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/331767
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/445448
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/149326
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/462659

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                1. re: justbeingpolite
                  Ali G Oct 1, 2009 10:13 AM

                  Glad I could be the one to ask it for 2009.

                  I actually found a couple of those threads in a search, but kept coming up with Honey Pot, Russell's, and Cider Hill. Doesn't sound like Honey Pot or Cider Hill carry Fuji's which is my favorite apple to eat.

                  I've read something about Phil's Apples in Harvard making cider and also growing Fuji's. Anyone have a report on this place? Out on 117 there are at least 3-4 orchards in close proximity, I'd even pick at one and get cider at another.

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                    PinchOfSalt Oct 1, 2009 02:46 PM

                    I was there last weekend. The Fujis were not ready to pick; you might call them and ask before going. They had plenty of cider on hand. Last weekend it was Mac-only. Yum yum, not to sweet and definitely not pasteurized. On previous visits I have also gotten comb honey, but no luck this time.

                    I like this orchard very much. It is simply an orchard - no doughnuts, no kiddie rides. There is a map showing which varieties are where; the trees are well-marked. The owner is usually near the entrance. He is quite friendly and will direct you to the apples you desire. One thing that I really really like about Phil's Apples is they will pick no apple before its time. The Honeycrisps last weekend were amazing. I did go down the road and pick some Fujis at Doe orchard, and regretted it. They were okay, but clearly had not ripened all the way.

                2. Allstonian Sep 30, 2009 10:06 AM

                  Honey Pot Hill does, and they do have cider donuts, although sadly not Fuji apples.

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