Apples for cider
It’s that time again: Portland Cider Company’s Community Cider program (AKA PDX Apple Recycling) has launched! And they want your apples… and fruit! Fallen and unwanted backyard apples, pears, berries, plums and other fruit—all are welcome. Drop them off Monday through Saturday from 9am to 9pm at Portland Cider Company’s Clackamas Taproom + Cidery (8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F). They will then hand-press them into a community cider; 100% of net proceeds of the cider sales will go to support Hunger-Free Oregon.
Collection of these fruits started July 29 and lasts through Saturday, September 28. For every bushel (40 pounds) of edible quality apples or pears—or for every 10 pounds of berries, plums and other fruits—donors will receive a voucher for a pint of Portland Cider redeemable at either of the company’s two taprooms (while supplies last). Donors will also be invited to join in a hands-on experience of pressing apples into cider at a party on Saturday, September 28.
“This full-scale community effort is about bringing people together to create handmade craft cider, using the fruits from our own backyards here in the Portland Metro area, while reducing waste with this unique apple recycling program,” explained Lynda Parrish, co-owner of Portland Cider Company. “Last year’s cider included lots of wild foraged blackberries and backyard pears, which elevated the community cider to a whole new level and made it our most successful fundraiser to date.”
The Community Cider Pressing Party on Saturday, September 28 will be held from 12 pm to 6pm that day, with tons of fun for all ages: a petting zoo and a bouncy house especially for the kids; an old school apple mill and press, and ice cream stuffed donuts (!) for everyone. Look for new cider releases including Crangerine and a small-batch of Pumpkin Spice, and something else that sounds totally wonderful—cider slushies! Read more about the party via their Facebook event post.
Be sure to let your friends know who have fruit they are trying to offload. ‘Tis the season for giving away all that extra summer produce! (I’m looking at you, zucchini.)