As autumn persists, the urge to be outside pressing fragrant fruit into hearty cider has kept our Correll press busy. Here Hunt Towler and David Beeman press more than 1,000 pounds of apples at the West Seattle Nursery pressing, where it seemed like half of West Seattle brought in apples to squeeze on Sept 27. (For more photos, go to Tumblr.) This was followed by a trip to the Holy Cross Church Orchard in Bellevue on Oct 6 and last weekend’s visit to Beacon Hill, where the Rainier Valley Cooperative PreSchool rallied the troops on a blustery autumn day. There’s nothing quite like watching apples become liquified.
Next up (details on our Events page): Freeway Estates Community Cider Fest, Oct 20, 2 – 5; Burke Gilman Trail orchard stewards cider pressing on Sunday, Oct 21, 12 – 3; City Fruit’s cider pressing benefit for the Greenwood Food Bank, Oct 27, noon – 4; and City Fruit’s 2nd Annual Hard Cider Taste Nov 1, 5 – 8 pm.
A note about our press. Our Correll press is a wooden press with an electric motor to drive the grinder portion; the press itself is manual. It was handbuilt by a gentleman in Oregon, and in 2009 we had to wait four months after putting in our order: there were more than 50 presses ahead of us in line. Last weekend I attended an apple tasting/cider pressing event in Portland and saw a twenty-four year old Correll press in action. It didn’t look much different from our two-year-old press and was still going strong.