“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Cider Making

Summer has exited and Autumn snuck in almost silently.
We are still in the grips of summer weather...
warmer than it actually was most of the time this summer.
Funny how that happens!

We held our first annual Apple Harvest Day this weekend.
Four generations gathered to pick apples...

chop apples...

scrunch apples....

and finally, to press the juice out of the apples...

resulting in fresh, homegrown apple cider!

It was the most delicious cider I have ever had!

(Perhaps because I was intimately involved in the process from start to finish.)

It was definitely a lot of work...
and I am pretty sure that it is a little heavy on the work side of the
work/cider ratio.

Although everyone agreed that it was hard work...
we all agreed that we want to do it again on a yearly basis.

This was the perfect year for apples.
The frequent rains made for big, juicy fruit.
Many thanks to my kids for going together and gifting us the cider press last Christmas!
And many thanks to my family for making the day a blast!

In addition to fresh cider, a picnic in the pavilion was our reward
for all of our physical labor.

I have to say, though, the best part of any family day is the grands!

Earlier in the day, we watched Tyler play...

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