This week I spent an evening with this adorable family on their farm in Rochester, WA. It was a quintessential NW summer evening, the river and massive oak trees provided the perfect backdrop, and there were lots of smiles and giggles.
This weekend we had the pleasure of attending a Small Town Cider Pressing Party at Ritter Farms. It is another reminder of how much I miss my hometown roots. I wish that everyone could experience this fall ritual that really brings a community together. We started by stopping by my family’s orchard to pick up a couple of boxes of organic apples. Then, like everyone else with an abundance of fruit, happily dumped them into the pools of water waiting to rinse and prepare the apples for pressing. They are sliced to fit into the grinder, pushed through and transferred to the pressing bin. After several spins, the pressing screw will condense the shredded apples down, and what is squeezed is the finished amber-colored cider. Most left with a beautiful bottle of cider to share with their families, along with the memories of this tradition.