Hard Cider Making & Orcharding
Heading Back to the Future with Hard Cider
From tree to glass, learn how to produce a quality handcrafted hard cider and take advantage of growing demand for America's oldest beverage.
From colonial times until Prohibition, hard cider was the beverage of choice in the United States. Records from 17th century Massachusetts indicate that yearly consumption approached a healthy 50 gallons per man, woman, and child! Viewed as a safe beverage when water oftentimes was not, hard cider was integral to daily life in early America. Unfortunately, apples were grown mostly for cider. When Prohibition became law, many farmers leveled their orchards, unable to come up with a profitable use for the fruit. After repeal, with few orchards left for raw material, beer quickly replaced hard cider as America's drink.
Join us Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for "Hard Cider Making & Orcharding" at Ed's Apples in Sultan and learn how to grow and maintain your own cider orchard. In addition, you'll learn the steps necessary to create a quality hard cider, a rapidly growing small farm product niche. Included is an in-depth overview of the topic covering varietal selection, growing and harvest information, as well as an informal look at the production steps from raw fruit to finished bottle.
Instructor Gary Moulton started with the Fruit Horticulture department at the WSU Research Station in Mt. Vernon in 1980. In 1991, he took over management, direction, and leadership of the program. He holds a Master's from WSU in Plant Pathology specializing in fruit diseases, and a Bachelor's in Pomology/Fruit Science from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. He currently consults for the Western Washington fruit industry and recently co-authored the soon-to-be-released WSU bulletin "Basics of Hard Cider."
Just as the micro-brew revolution stirred intense interest in handcrafted beers, artisan cider makers are inspiring a newfound appreciation of a high quality, handcrafted hard cider. Washington is particularly well suited to an expanding boutique hard cider industry, with an abundance of apples and growing numbers of consumers looking for more ways to support locally based agriculture. Seattle recently hosted the First Annual Cider Summit NW with over 40 ciders, mostly from the region. Three new Washington cideries opened just in the last year, all to rave reviews and multiple awards in prestigious competitions.
Cost for the workshop is $65 per person (early bird registration is $55 per person before Oct. 1) and includes a catered box lunch. To register, visit Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/131581 or download the form at www.snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/hardcider2010.pdf and mail with your check. For registration information contact Karie Christensen at 425.357.6039 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Ed's Apples is located at 13420 339th Ave SE, Sultan, just off SR 2.
For more information on the workshop, contact Andrew Corbin, email@example.com or 425.357.6012.
13420 339th Ave SE
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