lane county apple cider

One of the things I missed most in California was decent apple cider.  When we moved to Oregon, it was time to rejoice!  There doesn’t seem to be as much cider in markets as one would think, so when you find a source, hang on and don’t let go.

Or, make some fresh apple cider jelly, and you can have it all year ’round!

I get my cider at River Bend Farm, lately made famous by an appearance on KLCC’s Food for Thought radio program (listen to the .mp3 archive here).  The farm, just outside Pleasant Hill beyond the south Eugene hills, is primarily an orchard, and apples are plentiful.  This weekend, Annette set me up with the crispest, juiciest Empires, Liberties, and Mutsus for my apple-picky husband.  He approved of the crispiness factor, so I wholeheartedly recommend these apples.

One of the best parts of cider at River Bend Farm is experiencing the turn of the season.  They use different apples throughout autumn, and you can taste it in the cider, which sweetens up and transforms as the weather gets cooler.

In Lane County, cider is also available at Detering’s Orchard and Thistledown Farm.

Where do you get your cider?

4 thoughts on “lane county apple cider

  1. TheBon 10 October 2010 / 9:00 pm

    We’ve been drinking cider from Lone Pine, the label says it was pressed in salem, but it’s delicious, and clearly being made from a variety of apples since the jug I bought today tastes a little different than the jug I bought a week ago.

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  2. Sara 11 October 2010 / 8:19 am

    We press our own the Sunday before Halloween every year. My big extended family has bben at my grandma’s in Keizer-she has a couple acres of old apple varieties, we quarter them and cut out any obviously bad spots and press them. Usually make 20+ gallons-drink cider or cider and vodka all day and have a potluck. Grandma died two years ago but we’ve hung on to the property, partly just for this one weekend.

    Which reminds me that I still have a gallon in the freezer. Maybe I’ll have to make jelly today.

    Looks to be a GREAT apple year!

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  3. Ellen Singer 11 October 2010 / 9:14 pm

    Are the apples organically grown? Are you aware of any local organic apple producers?

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  4. Eugenia 12 October 2010 / 7:24 am

    Ellen, I don’t think you’ll have much luck with reasonably priced OG/no-spray apples this year, unless you can find an old, unmaintained orchard and pick through it. It’s been a terrible year for disease and insects. River Bend Farm uses IPM (integrated pest management), which is a tiered approach that uses chemicals only when absolutely necessary.

    Sara and TheBon, thanks. Let me know what you make with your cache!

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