Musgrave Orchard | Earth Eats | The Weekly Special

Musgrave Orchard | Earth Eats | The Weekly Special


LET’S TAKE A LISTEN TO THAT.
>>OKAY. >>MY NAME IS ANDY HAMILTON, AND
I AM THE OWNER/OPERATOR OF I AM THE OWNER/OPERATOR OF
MUSGRAVE ORCHARD. MUSGRAVE ORCHARD.
THIS IS AN 80-YEAR-OLD APPLE THIS IS AN 80-YEAR-OLD APPLE
ORCHARD. ORCHARD.
I ACTUALLY BOUGHT THE ORCHARD I ACTUALLY BOUGHT THE ORCHARD
FROM THE MUSGRAVE FAMILY 10 FROM THE MUSGRAVE FAMILY 10
YEARS AGO. YEARS AGO.
WHEN WE FIRST BOUGHT THE ORCHARD WHEN WE FIRST BOUGHT THE ORCHARD
IT WAS CONVENTIONALLY GROWN AND IT WAS CONVENTIONALLY GROWN AND
WE WERE ABLE TO TRANSITION WE WERE ABLE TO TRANSITION
TOWARDS ORGANIC PRODUCTION, TOWARDS ORGANIC PRODUCTION,
WHICH WAS OUR GOAL. WHICH WAS OUR GOAL.
WE ONLY HAVE 300 TREES. WE ONLY HAVE 300 TREES.
SOUNDS LIKE A LOT, BUT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT, BUT
PRODUCTION ORCHARDS HAVE PRODUCTION ORCHARDS HAVE
ANYWHERE BETWEEN SIX AND 8,000 ANYWHERE BETWEEN SIX AND 8,000
APPLE TREES. APPLE TREES.
AND COULD HAVE ANYWHERE FROM 10 AND COULD HAVE ANYWHERE FROM 10
TO 20 VARIETIES OF APPLES. TO 20 VARIETIES OF APPLES.
WE’RE SOMEWHAT LIMITED. WE’RE SOMEWHAT LIMITED.
WE’RE DEPENDENT ON LOCAL WE’RE DEPENDENT ON LOCAL
ORCHARDS IN THE AREA TO GET THE ORCHARDS IN THE AREA TO GET THE
VARIETIES OF APPLES THAT PEOPLE VARIETIES OF APPLES THAT PEOPLE
WANT AND THE RIGHT MIX OF APPLES WANT AND THE RIGHT MIX OF APPLES
THAT WE WANT FOR OUR APPLE THAT WE WANT FOR OUR APPLE
CIDER. CIDER.
BUT REGARDLESS, APPLE CIDER BUT REGARDLESS, APPLE CIDER
THAT’S FRESH FROM THE FARM, YOU THAT’S FRESH FROM THE FARM, YOU
CAN’T BEAT IT. CAN’T BEAT IT.
WE TRY TO LEAVE THE CIDER HOUSE WE TRY TO LEAVE THE CIDER HOUSE
OPEN SO PEOPLE CAN COME OUT AND OPEN SO PEOPLE CAN COME OUT AND
TAKE A LOOK AT IT AND GET AN TAKE A LOOK AT IT AND GET AN
EXPERIENCE OF OF WHAT THIS EXPERIENCE OF OF WHAT THIS
MACHINE LOOKS LIKE AND WHAT MACHINE LOOKS LIKE AND WHAT
MAKES INDIANA’S FINEST APPLE MAKES INDIANA’S FINEST APPLE
CIDER. CIDER.
AND IT HAS FOR 87 YEARS. AND IT HAS FOR 87 YEARS.
SO NOWADAYS THEY HAVE THESE SO NOWADAYS THEY HAVE THESE
NEWER CIDER MILLS THAT ARE NEWER CIDER MILLS THAT ARE
COMPACT, WHERE WE HAVE THIS COMPACT, WHERE WE HAVE THIS
DINOSAUR, AND FROM ONE END TO DINOSAUR, AND FROM ONE END TO
THE OTHER IT’S ABOUT 30 FEET THE OTHER IT’S ABOUT 30 FEET
LONG, AND IT’S GOT DIFFERENT LONG, AND IT’S GOT DIFFERENT
COMPONENTS TO IT THAT MAKE UP COMPONENTS TO IT THAT MAKE UP
THE ENTIRE CIDER PRESS. THE ENTIRE CIDER PRESS.
WE’LL HARVEST OUR FRUIT AND WE’LL HARVEST OUR FRUIT AND
WE’LL PUT THEM IN THESE BIG WE’LL PUT THEM IN THESE BIG
18-BUSHEL WOODEN BINS WHICH CAN 18-BUSHEL WOODEN BINS WHICH CAN
WAY A THOUSAND POUNDS. WAY A THOUSAND POUNDS.
THE APPLES, AS YOU OPEN THIS THE APPLES, AS YOU OPEN THIS
GATE, ROLL OUT ONTO THIS GATE, ROLL OUT ONTO THIS
STAINLESS STEEL TABLE HERE WHERE STAINLESS STEEL TABLE HERE WHERE
THEY GET RINSED, ANY DEBRIS GETS THEY GET RINSED, ANY DEBRIS GETS
SPRAYED OFF OF THEM, AND THEN SPRAYED OFF OF THEM, AND THEN
THEY LAND IN THIS WOODEN HOPPER, THEY LAND IN THIS WOODEN HOPPER,
AND IT CARRIES THE APPLES UP. AND IT CARRIES THE APPLES UP.
SO IT GRINDS THEM UP, MAKES SO IT GRINDS THEM UP, MAKES
APPLESAUCE, AND IT FALLS DOWN APPLESAUCE, AND IT FALLS DOWN
THROUGH THIS CHUTE RIGHT HERE, THROUGH THIS CHUTE RIGHT HERE,
AND SO YOU BUILD IT 10 HIGH, AND AND SO YOU BUILD IT 10 HIGH, AND
THEN PEDESTAL PRESS PUSHES ALL THEN PEDESTAL PRESS PUSHES ALL
THOSE CLOTHS UP AGAINST THIS THOSE CLOTHS UP AGAINST THIS
BUTCHER BLOCK HERE AND IT TAKES BUTCHER BLOCK HERE AND IT TAKES
ABOUT HALF AN HOUR FOR IT TO ABOUT HALF AN HOUR FOR IT TO
COMPLETELY PRESS ALL THE JUICE COMPLETELY PRESS ALL THE JUICE
OUT, AND SO IF YOU CAN IMAGINE OUT, AND SO IF YOU CAN IMAGINE
THAT SACK OF APPLES BEING ABOUT THAT SACK OF APPLES BEING ABOUT
THREE-AND-A-HALF FEET TALL WHEN THREE-AND-A-HALF FEET TALL WHEN
IT’S ALL DONE AND PRESSED, IT’S IT’S ALL DONE AND PRESSED, IT’S
ABOUT A FOOT TALL. ABOUT A FOOT TALL.
SO IT SQUEEZES ALMOST EVERY DROP SO IT SQUEEZES ALMOST EVERY DROP
OF JUICE OUT OF THE APPLES. OF JUICE OUT OF THE APPLES.
WE MAKE APPLE CIDER AND WE WON WE MAKE APPLE CIDER AND WE WON
AWARDS FOR IT. AWARDS FOR IT.
IT’S JUST SOMETHING YOU NEED TO IT’S JUST SOMETHING YOU NEED TO
PUT IN YOUR ORCHARD TO

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