The Time and the Valleys Museum, located at 332 Main Street in Grahamsville, Sullivan County, NY, will host “Cider Making on the 1930s Catskill Farm,” a program set for Sunday, October 9th from 1 to 3 pm.
Attendees will experience old time apple cider making with a hand cider press. Restored by Museum Trustee David Forshay, the hand press will press fresh local apples after they have been grinded in an old time grinder. The old time apple pressing process and its importance on family farms will be illustrated, including a cider making historical display.
Also included is a cider taste testing and homemade cookies made from recipes in the recently published Heritage Baking Book. All of the buildings on the 1930s Catskill Farm will be open, including the farm house, barn, milk house, electric plant and working waterwheel building with educational and interactive activities and guided tours. The Museum’s three floors of interactive exhibitions will be open as well.
A fall activity on any farm that had an apple orchard, cider making has a long history. Since the safety of drinking water was a concern in early America, cider was a better choice. Early settlers also believed drinking cider aided in the prevention of many illnesses and helped them live a long life.
Admission is free for museum members, $5 for adults and $2 for children. Includes the cider making demonstration, admission to the 1930s Lost Catskill Farm and to the Museum’s three floors of interactive exhibitions. For more information or to register, click here, call (845) 985-7700, or e-mail email@example.com.
Photo of cider making with a hand cider press provided.