On a gorgeous autumn afternoon, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) hosted an afternoon of apple cider pressing. DLLT Executive Director David Montague was at the helm of his trusty apple press, teaching families the traditional method of harvesting apple cider and the many uses and products that come from apples. After washing the fruit and removing any rotten pieces, the apples were ready for the press. Throughout the afternoon, children and adults helped grind and press about 10 gallons of apple cider, taking home quarts of the finished product to enjoy.
Along with pressing apples, other apple-themed activities were held, including a taste test which allowed participants to sample more than 10 varieties of apples from Grand Lake Stream and Downeast Maine. After working up a sweat at the press, children were thrilled to test their skill at bobbing for apples in a tub of cold water.
“It was a grand affair! Kids bobbing for apples, tasting apples from all over Washington County, pressing cider and enjoying the delicious results,” said DLLT Board Vice President Lee Whitely.
With the fall season in full swing, New England’s favorite forest fruit trees are experiencing a bountiful year, yielding several quality bushels from the many varieties of trees in Washington County. Apple crops tend to fluctuate from year to year, depending on the many factors of seasonal change. After a warm and sunny August and September, 2015 has proven to be a bumper year for many parts of the country.
DLLT regularly hosts speakers, work parties, and workshops, and leads outdoor adventures that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Maine woods and waters. Visit our website to discover what is happening next!