Making Apple Cider

In the late 1970s a group of students from the Waldorf School of Garden City planted a small orchard on the Glen Brook Campus.  Now, some 40 years later, these trees have the gnarled (but well-groomed) appearance of a healthy orchard and provide an abundance of apples each fall. The trees are all of unusual varieties, some more suited for cider, others for apple pie or applesauce, and others still for eating plain. Our most ambitious use of the apples, however, is for pressing cider -- many hundreds of gallons of it! Visiting students pick the apples, place them into baskets and handcarts, and then wheel them down the hill to the cutting table and press.

 

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