Old cider mill - Our old cider mill - Our newer old cider mill 2008
Inside our new cidery 2014
Our new cidery building and tasting room is a home for fermenting, pressing, storage, and sales. For the first time, our orchard business takes place all in one building, rather than occurring in all of our buildings as it did before. This project began as a grant proposal to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and as a desire to make the orchard and cidery business sustainable for us by streamlining the work involved, and allowing us to grow in size as our apple trees mature. We received the grant, and set to work designing and building this structure. While the grant covered only a fraction of the cost of the building, it got us started. As with the other buildings on our property, Steve put his woodworking skills to work and built this newest structure with occasional help from the rest of us.
While space for our growing farm business was the goal, we also felt it necessary to make this a net zero building, since minimizing our footprint is important to us. The energy saving details of this building include four inches of rigid insulation under the slab floor, double-stud walls to hold plenty of dense-pack cellulose insulation (8” thick), R-80 cellulose in the attic space, and careful air sealing, including high quality windows and doors. We will be heating with a small air-source heat pump (mini-split), which we will power by adding four new panels to our photovoltaic array (which supplies the power we already use, for our home and two businesses). Another grant from MDAR, this time from their Agricultural Energy program, helped us with this part of the building.
So, we are happy to welcome you to our new space.
Outside the new cidery building, 2014.
The grinder (above, and now mounted on the wall below).
Turns the apples into a nice chunky apple sauce. Made in the USA by OESCO in Conway MA.
The press is a “water” press, made by Lancman and imported from Europe by OESCO in Conway Ma.
It uses regular household water pressure to fill a rubber water bladder in the center of the stainless cylinder that presses the crushed apples (pomace) against the outside of the cylinder. And then the cider runs out, turning it into a big fountain.