organic farming en Pressing fresh apple cider on a fall afternoon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The grinder whirs as it slashes apples into </span>pomace<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and the chopped apples fall into a nylon mesh bag that lines the barrel of our small cider press. I drop more fruit into the hopper and already, juice puddles on the wooden platform that holds the barrel.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:41:00 +0000 Joan Donaldson 9568 at Pressing fresh apple cider on a fall afternoon Peaches: A long-term commitment <p>Silver barked peach trees crown many of the lakeshore’s hills. In the spring, their blossoms create a gossamer pink cloud while in the summer, their leaves droop like mustaches, hiding the ripening peaches. During the late nineteenth century, peach orchards generated thousands of dollars for Michigan farmers who sent their harvests to Chicago, Milwaukee, and beyond.</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 01:25:20 +0000 Joan Donaldson 5051 at Peaches: A long-term commitment