Here is the sign up Doc for lunch at the cider ill. The Graingers will start us off with coffee and donuts in the morning. I am guesstimating about 50 people, including a few spouses and kids, as well as the Graingers.
You will probably want a small tasting glass to sample the fresh juice.
Here is the latest info from Jeff Grainger
most of the questions you may have are answered below:
Good Afternoon Sue,
You had asked about if we needed to add a second day. After talking it over with Dad, we have decided to do it all in one day. We are going to have two teams of mill operators to rotate in and out every two or three batches. That way nobody has to do it all day. The next questions will be start time and batch order. We are going to start at 8:00 am. I will ask that people taking from the first batch be there by 8:30. The batch order may shift a little, but for now I am thinking the first two will be the Ark. Black/Baldwin mix. Followed by the Heritage Brewing. Four and Five will be pure Ark Black and Ark. Black/Greening respectivly. The Sweet, Semi Sweet, and Winesap are interchangable in the order. The Apple Cranberry mix will be last because of everything being red in the aftermath. We can move one of the Ark. Black/Baldwin batches to later in the day if we have takers that cann't make it early. Each batch will run about an hour give or take so people can plan accordingly. And as always, if people want cider but cann't make it that day or find someone to handle transport for them. They are welcome to drop off their containers anytime that week tagged with name, phone, and batch, and we can fill and keep them in the walkin for pickup that following week.
I have asked Jim Paulson to get the AABG yard sign tonight so we can put it out at the farm the morning of the grind.
Let me know if anything else comes up.
Grainger's Orchard & Cider Mill
He also stated that there may be some extra juice from some of the pressings. If you might be interested in buying any extra, be sure and bring a “just in case” bucket or carbon.
Here is more info on the cider blends from Jeff Grainger:
Good afternoon Sue,
Appologies for not getting back to you sooner. I have been thinking and walking the farm and working out the mixes for the blended ciders. This is what I have come up so far.
The Sweet will be Runkel, Jonathan, Delicious Red and Golden, Melrose, and some over ripe Cortland and or Spartans.
The Heritage Brewing will be Ellis Bitter, Red Rome, Ida Red, RI Greening, and Northern Spy.
The Cider we mix with the Cranberry is the one I have been struggleing with. What I am thinking is Ark. Black, RI Greening, Ida Red, with Jonathan and or Mutsu. That combination should make a nice deep cider without over powering the cranberry. If any of the club members have thoughts, I am open to suggestions.
The Semi sweet will be some combination of any and all of the above. I will know better week of.
Grainger's Orchard & Cider Mill
Per Jeff Grainger: we will need to shut off the cider orders one week before the 26th so they have time to get the apples harvested and organized for the pressing day. (Remember they all have “day jobs” in addition to their orchard work)
So- last day to sign up will be 10/18.
I must say it looks like the doc has been pretty busy today.
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