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Unpasteurized Apple Cider

deweyweber54 Sep 15, 2011 05:44 PM

Greetings All -
Stopped by our favorite cider stand today at Phil's Apples in Harvard Ma., but alas, apparently no cider yet this fall. (Phil's, is in my opinion, one of the best apple picking and real cider joints around Boston)


Wondering if anyone knows of any orchards that sell the real thing West or Northwest of Boston?
We're in Concord Ma, but willing to travel for the real thing.
Thoughts on unpasteurized cider would be great, especially if there are cider donuts too!

Haven't found the ultimate unpasteurized cider / cider donut combo yet, but thanks to you all, certain that it's out there.



Phil's Apples
Harvard, MA, Harvard, MA

  1. BostonZest Oct 6, 2011 06:06 AM

    For others just looking for some great unpasteurized cider. I bought some at the City Hall Farmers' Market from Noquochoke Orchards. They also go to the Brookline, Newton, Provincetown and Wellfleet markets.

    And, Hamilton Orchards at Copley Square brings in cider from a neighboring orchard.

    City Hall Cafe
    695 Main St, Fitchburg, MA 01420

    1. theparegorickid Oct 5, 2011 10:26 PM

      taking the kids to Salem this Sunday and planning to stop at Verrill Farm in Concord for some unpasteurized cider on the way back

      anyone had it lately?

      does it age well :)

      and would this be my best option traveling from Salem back to Brockton?

      never been there myself and really don't want to go too far out of my way
      also, anyone ever try Wilson farm in Lexington for unpasteurized cider


      Verrill Farm
      11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

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      1. re: theparegorickid
        Highland Park Oct 6, 2011 12:53 AM

        I don't believe Verrill Farm sells unpasteurized cider. I was there last week and they were selling Box Hill Farm's cider, which is OK but not in Phil's league.

        The UP cider will keep about 5-7 days if refrigerated. Salem to Brockton should be no problem.

        Wilson Farms does not likely have UP cider either, never have when I've been there.

        1. re: Highland Park
          Karl S Oct 6, 2011 02:00 AM

          Unpasteurized cider keeps for weeks in the frig. It takes about 3-4 weeks for it to start to ferment (and then you have a few days to about a week to consume it before the ferment starts to taste sour). Is what "aging well" is a reference to.... For many of us, it's the whole point of getting unpasteurized cider.

      2. s
        sablemerle Sep 24, 2011 08:40 AM

        Many years ago, when my kids were young, we took them picking somewhere in the Harvard area, and got some cider made solely with Granny Smith apples. Iot was deliciously tart and refreshing, just like a good green apple. Alas, the orchard closed and I've been searching for this cider ever since. Has anyone seen Granny Smith cider anywhere in the region? Seriously, I'd be willing to travel, the cider is that good.

        1. Allstonian Sep 16, 2011 05:30 AM

          We're always happy with both the unpasteurized cider and the cider doughnuts from Honey Pot Hill in Stow.

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          1. re: Allstonian
            catsmeow Sep 16, 2011 06:44 PM

            I second Honeypot Hill. My fav cider doughnuts and really good apple pies too.

            Honeypot Hill
            Stow, Stow, MA

            1. re: catsmeow
              deweyweber54 Sep 17, 2011 05:26 PM

              Tried Honeypot today. Not really a fan of their cider.
              Great for kids and strollers, but in my humble opinion, not chowish.

              Phil's Apples in Harvard is still our favorite cider wise.
              Any other thoughts unfiltered, unpasteurized wise?

              Thanks for your input, all!


              Phil's Apples
              Harvard, MA, Harvard, MA

              1. re: deweyweber54
                quirkydeb Sep 18, 2011 06:14 AM

                Went to Phil's yesterday and they (he!) was making cider. You're right,. It IS delicious, and the free samples of it make it a lot easier to buy a jug. And what a great, low-key, non-zoo place to PYO.

                1. re: quirkydeb
                  Highland Park Sep 23, 2011 07:33 PM

                  I've got a gallon of Phil's I'm finishing up now from last Sunday. It is great, but it will only get better as the superior cider-making crop ripens. He told me that he is running out by Tuesday right now, but he's going to start making it on Wednesdays within the next week. Keep in mind that Phil also leaves a refrigerator in his driveway during cider season so you can stop by and pick up a gallon during off-hours and pay though the mail slot on his garage door. Last year he made cider through the end of December. QuirkyDeb, Doe and Carlson are also good low key places nearby. Doe has tons of Macouns trees (should be ready in a week or two).

                  1. re: Highland Park
                    quirkydeb Sep 24, 2011 07:42 AM

                    Thanks! We loved how low-key Phil's was (complete with Phil, right there working). My husband will be even more charmed by the refrigerator in the driveway info.

                2. re: deweyweber54
                  Jenny Ondioline Sep 18, 2011 02:36 PM

                  In its proper semi-fermented state, I find Honeypot's cider reliably sublime, both in taste and quality of fizz.

                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline
                    Karl S Sep 18, 2011 03:27 PM

                    Yes, the key is to have the patience to wait 3-4 weeks for the fermentation, as evidence of bulging....

                    1. re: Karl S
                      ospreycove Sep 18, 2011 03:31 PM

                      Put it in a gallon glass jug cork the top, when the cork blows off it is just starting to ferment and get that delicious "fizzy" quality. Then you can try freezing it solid and draw off the unfrozen liquid, that is the alcohol part that didn't freeze.

            2. trufflehound Sep 16, 2011 05:08 AM

              No donuts but One Stack Farm in Stow has awesome cider. Off 117, just east of 495.

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              1. re: trufflehound
                tammyh Sep 23, 2011 08:20 PM

                I second One Stack Farm. straight from the press!

              2. enhF94 Sep 16, 2011 04:49 AM

                Has the law against selling unpasteurized cider in MA been repealed or something?

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                1. re: enhF94
                  Karl S Sep 16, 2011 05:00 AM

                  No: you can buy it only directly from the orchard (at the orchard or from its stalls at a farmer's market - for example, I got mine this week from Cider Hill's stall at the Saugus market on Tuesday morning).

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                  pastrytroll Sep 15, 2011 08:37 PM

                  We got a gallon of unpasturized cider and some cider donuts at Russell Orchard yesterday. The doughnuts were meh, haven't tried the cider yet.

                  Russell Orchards
                  143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

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                  1. re: pastrytroll
                    chuck s Sep 24, 2011 08:04 AM

                    For the past few years, I've found the cidar donuts at Russell Orchards to be underdone and doughy. I've tried to bring this to their attention but they ignore me.

                    Cidar Hill in Amesbury is the best.

                    Russell Orchards
                    143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

                    1. re: chuck s
                      phatchris Sep 26, 2011 02:40 PM

                      The cider donuts at Smolaks in North Amdover are very good.

                  2. g
                    gimlis1mum Sep 15, 2011 07:15 PM

                    It's not in your ideal location, but we've gotten great unpasturized cider (through our CSA) from Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury:

                    Haven't tried their donuts, tho.

                    Cider Hill Farm
                    45 Fern Ave, Amesbury, MA

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                    1. re: gimlis1mum
                      stomachofsteel Sep 16, 2011 03:19 AM

                      Cider Hill's doughnuts are the best cider doughnuts I've ever had.

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