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SORRY FOLKS...The mill will be closed in 2012!!

Several factors have lined up that will prevent me from squeezing juice this season: the worst apple year at the orchard I manage, as well and many others, including farmhouse trees; a massive shortage of fruit in the Great Lakes region that is driving even local cider fruit to 3X their normal price; starting my PhD this semester, with a full courseload on top of work; and frankly, a need for a breather.

I mulled it all over: squeezing just a couple of weekends, squeezing fermenting stock only; doing a big sweet cider share in one weekend all at once, and so on. But it takes a lot of time just to convert the garage into a cider mill, and it isn't worth it for a small squeeze. Besides, my mid-week day off, which has traditionally been setup and apple trucking time, is now occupied by PBIO 295: Biology of Fungi, so it just ain't gonna happen.

But cheer up, the mill isn't going anywhere, I have enough tied up in it, and my home orchard, and I plan on working in this Vermont apple business for the forseeable future. Cider will flow again. I hear that the year after a bad crop, the trees will be loaded. So see everyone in 2013.




 LostMeadowVT.com is a site I have dedicated primarily to my hobbies managing a small  apple and other fruit orchard and making quality, hand-crafted (hard) ciders.  In these pages I will share my experience with all things growing, squeezing, and fermenting, as well as in other areas as I see worth writing about them.

What's New

Check the Apple Press  blog page for new submissions... 


Burlington Free Press piece on LM Cider


TerryB and Bill Suhr (Champlain Orchards) on Vermont Public Radio


Cider Mill Frequently Asked Questions


New cider awards!

Moved non-cider links (personal blogs, family pictures) to OutsideTheOrchard page


Recent Press on TB and his orcharding and cider things:

Vermont Sunday Magazine article on Cider, 9/23/07

His is a pressing business Calais man says making the mash is 'kind of a Zen thing': Times Argus

Autumn 2007 Vermont Life

UVM CALS Organic Orchard Story

Vermont Public Radio Organic Apple Story  Audio Feed!




All material Copyright ? Terence Bradshaw 2006-2011

terryb at lostmeadowvt dot com