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?