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2022 – We are now custom pressing

We have cider for sale. Freeze some to enjoy throughout the winter, especially on those festive holidays and cold days.

Hard Cider makers we have plenty of apples!!

We have moved to South Montville – 122 Choate Road – This is our big transition!!

Use our contact sheet to receive more information – Thanks

photo by Megan Marsanskis
Now open for custom pressing
Hey, Could this be Johnny Appleseed?

 Pressed for Cider, custom apple pressing offers not only a way for you to get your apples pressed but a great way to enjoy a fall weekend and celebrate the bounty of the harvest season. 

Fresh Cider! 

Pressed for Cider in the News!

photo by Megan Marsanskis
2018 Pressing cider – press

Pressing by appointment only.  Sunday’s are the best days.  Use our contact form to sign up.

photo by Megan Marsanskis
Jug filling – 2018 Pressing cider

About

Who is Pressed for Cider… Debi Stephens has had for years a vision of offering custom apple and other fruit products using her antique Palmer apple press.

Many people have helped us along the way, like Laura Silvia who came up with our name Pressed for Cider, Tom and Megan for allowing us to manage their St. George River Orchard, and in particular Debi’s husband, dad, and brother who helped restore the Palmer press. There are too many kind and generous friends to name who have helped us on our journey.  Thanks to all and cider is on its way!!

Two of our favorite apples are the Liberty and the Spigold.

The Liberty – Recommended for single-variety sweet cider.  A medium-sized round-conic bluish-pinkish-red apple with crisp, white flesh of very good dessert quality when really ripe. An excellent cooking and sweet cider apple!

The Spigold – Good for cider and ideal for fresh eating and baking.  A medium-to-large sized, bright golden apple with gorgeous red striping.  Flesh is crisp with a delicate flavor and delightful aftertaste.  Said to be a superior, more complex, offspring of its Golden Delicious and Northern Spy parentage.

Helpful Links

UMAINE Cooperative Extension: Tree Fruits

Fedco-Seeds

US Apple Association

Pressing Information

We offer custom pressing to those who want to create their own special blend of sweet or hard cider.  This is done by appointment only, contact form.

There is a 5-bushel minimum:
We need to know the number of bushels before we make your appointment in order to keep to our schedule.

To help measure, use bushel baskets or fill 10 paper grocery bags with Apples or Pears. This is roughly 5 bushels / about 15  gallons of delicious cider.

Please let us know if you plan to freeze your cider. We will leave headroom in the containers to allow for expansion.  Frozen cider stores easily for 6 months.

Quality and Condition:
We are a pesticide-free press.  Apples & Pears will be inspected before pressing, and only clean sound fruit will be accepted.  The fruit will be washed with our orchard brusher/washer prior to pressing.

There should be no leaves or twigs on fruit.  Please, no drops, this is due to Maine regulations and the potential danger of bacteria growth.

Our fruit or yours:
Pears add a great flavor when added to your Apple Cider.

We will have our own Apples, Pears, and sometimes Crabapples, available for an additional cost.

Please come on time or a little early:
We may have many people scheduled in a day.  Arriving 15 minutes early for your appointment would be appreciated.

Wholesale:
Please use our Contacts form for rates and arrangements.

Children, Family, and Friends:

Do to Covid-19 this aspect of the pressing experience has been suspended.

Plan a picnic or just enjoy the view while your apples are being pressed. We will enjoy watching and listening to you as you take that first taste of your very own cider.

Please, no dogs.