Apple cider season begins at Valley orchards

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — For several orchards in the Valley, the first day of September means the beginning of apple season.

The Haus Orchard and Cider Mill in Canfield started pressing fresh apple cider this week. It’s a process that starts with picking apples into 800-pound bins. Then it’s time to wash the apples, grind them into a mash, and pump that mash into a press to squeeze the juice out. What they get is pasteurized and bottled to sell.

The cider season goes from early September until mid-January.

“And the cider varies through the season,” says Cheryl Haus, owner and operator of the Haus Orchard. “At the beginning of the season, it’s a little bit tarter. And as you move into the winter months, then the cider gets very sweet.”

Haus also says the apple crop held up well over a summer that went from rainy in June to dry in July.

The Haus Orchard will have an apple display at the Canfield Fair’s Hay and Grain building this week.

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