How It’s Made: Apple Cider at Arbor Day Farm

Aug 30 by in Apples, Food & Drink, General, Orchards & Apples tagged , , , , , , with 1 comment

Arbor Day Farm apple cider

If you’ve ever watched the TV show “How It’s Made” on the Science Channel, you’ll appreciate this brief look at how Arbor Day Farm’s apple cider press works.

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Apple Harvest 2012: Carrying on the Tradition

Aug 29 by in General tagged , , , , , , with 1 comment

Bushels and boxes of apples, circa 1930; Joy Morton Orchard Company, Arbor Day Farm.

Bushels and boxes of apples, circa 1930, from the Joy Morton Orchard Company, now known as Arbor Day Farm.

Apples and apple orchards are a time-honored tradition at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, and the 2012 apple harvest carries on that heritage.

Apple trees have thrived here since 1855, when J. Sterling Morton and his wife, Caroline, moved to Nebraska City from Michigan, and planted several varieties of apple trees on their homestead, the property now known as Arbor Day Farm.In the 1920s, J. Sterling and Caroline’s son, Joy – founder of the Morton Salt Company – partnered with Grove Porter and formed the Joy Morton Orchard Company on this land, one of many local orchards supplying a wide selection of apples for the southeast Nebraska region.

Today, the orchards at Arbor Day Farm are still going strong, even with the very dry year that 2012 has turned out to be. As is typical in drought years, the apples are smaller in size this year but the quantity of apples in the orchard remains relatively consistent with recent harvests.

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