Apple picking season has included:
apple pie in a bag, frozen
apples for eating, dipping in carmel, and for baking
Here it is in action... That guy turning the wheel... He looks all nice and acts all sweet with the kids, but don't let him fool you. He's a card hawk. In case you don't know my made-up phrase...that's better than a card shark as a card hawk doesn't cheat. A card hawk is pretty intimidating at a card table though. And I'm pretty sure I saw some crazy eyes when I, his Euchre partner, reneged last time we all played. What kept me alive was the fact we won the game... whew.
Seeing as how my friend was so kind to help with the kids, I didn't get a picture of her by the press! So this one will have to do.
She actually is as sweet and beautiful on the inside as she looks on the outside. And she's crafty... blow your socks off crafty... and then sew you a new pair crafty. Yep, you heard me.
I do have my suspicions they both are secret moonshiners though... that is a whole other story. It may involve their suspiciously amazing fermenting expertise with many substances and backwoods-ness...
Back to cider pressing!
The kids and I loaded the apples into the hopper while Card Hawk cranked the wheel to crush them.
Farmer turned another wheel to juice the cider out of the crushed apples and peels/cores.
After getting on a roll, we finished at dark... just in time to miss an incoming storm.
Apple cider making was not only the most fun way of using apples up, it was the fastest! After a long apple season, that is much appreciated!