Ask Hunter and Jolie at the tasting about tips on making craft cider, on regulations, on supply. Especially ask about the endangered Gravenstein and how you can help. (from ASC’s blog) ”We’re ‘planting the seed’ early. In August, donate your backyard apples to us and we will make a hard cider and donate 100% of proceeds from this batch to Slow Food Russian River and its Apple Core Project. We love Sonoma County apples!http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/get-sauced/Content?oid=2415610“
late April - Scott of Tilted Shed Ciderworks is busy bottling the Graviva (from the 2012 harvest) to make ready for Release Party at the Gypsy Cafe on May 10th.
from Tilted Shed’s orchard, Ellen writes on Facebook:
“Hard to believe we’re nearing the end of bloom time in our orchard. For the past week or two, the tannic cider apple varieties (e.g., Tremlett’s Bitter, Kingston Black, Foxwhelp) have been going strong, and this Yarlington Mill, an old English bittersweet, is looking happy and healthy. And the Gravensteins, russets, and other earlier-blooming varieties all have baby fruitlets. Knock on applewood, but I think we have a great cider harvest ahead of us!”
Last Friday Night, Jan Lee launched the series for the Gypsy with free tastings at the bar which ran well into the dinner hour. Chef Martin put out planks of his Charcuterie to taste along with the Foccacia and other breads from Village Bakery. The Pt. Reyes Blue paired nicely with the cider.
The event was attended by newcomers to hard cider as well as passionate aficiandos of the cider press.
AppleGarden Farm Cider is sold at the farm, the Tomales Deli, the Marshall Store and at Cowgirl Creamery’s Cantina in Point Reyes Station. The Gypsy Cafe will have bottles on hand throughout the month of April.
next farm to saddle up to the bar: TILTED SHED CIDERWORKS, May 10th
Jan Lee, owner and artisanal cider maker of AppleGarden Farm, will be pouring at the Gypsy Cafe Cider Bar from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday night, April 12th.
AppleGarden Farm is the first cider house in the series. Tastings are free. Cider will be available by the glass or bottle.
For more information on AppleGarden Farm go to http://www.applegardenfarm.com/. Don’t forget to check Jan’s blog!