In mid October, we took a long weekend to Lake Chelan, Washington.
It's a popular summer destination, so seeing Chelan in the fall at a relaxed pace, with lots of different harvest activities was a blast.
Along with the indoor pool for the kids, another highlight was making apple cider at Sunshine Farm Market. Going through the process of washing, chopping, grinding and squeezing the apples was eye-opening. It was especially gratifying when we sipped our handmade cider, realizing how naturally sweet it was.
The experience reaffirmed my desire to plant a fruit orchard, buy an apple press and make homemade cider every fall. I love the idea that I'd spend years and a thousand bucks to make something as "simple" as apple juice.
An abbreviated version of this DIY project involves buying the $500 cider press and a box of apples for $25, which would squeeze into about a gallon of cider... a $33 cup of cider.
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