Amherst’s Lindabury Cider Festival Sunday
Thursday, September 26, 2013
AMHERST – There is a bumper crop of apples waiting to be pressed into cider as Amherst starts harvesting its first home-grown apples in decades.
Everyone is invited to the Lindabury Orchard on Christian Hill on Sunday, Sept. 29 for the orchard’s first “pick your own” event that celebrates the return of a productive orchard.
The ticket price includes an apple bag that can be filled the old-fashioned way, right from the tree. Once the bag is filled, festival-goers can immediately wash their apples and press them into cider.
Lindabury is the town’s last working orchard, and this is the 11th anniversary of its acquisition by the Amherst Conservation Commission, with help from the Amherst Land Trust.
Friends of the Orchard, a local citizens group, restored the orchard and brought its trees back into productivity. The property is protected from development for the citizens of Amherst and surrounding communities, and this year, everyone can enjoy the fruits of their labor.
There will be hay rides, music, refreshments, special activities for kids and a bake sale, featuring homemade pies, cookies and crisps. Pumpkins will also be in supply to help prepare for Halloween.
But the centerpiece of the festival will be the first “pick your own” event. Each apple bag will generate about a half-gallon of cider, with the container provided.
Bring blankets and lawn chairs. It all happens on Sunday, Sept. 29 from noon-5 p.m.
Tickets are available at Moulton’s Market in Amherst Village. This year, there will be a family package for $20 (two parents and their children), as well as single tickets for $8 (adults) or $5 (kids) up to 12.
The price of admission includes all activities and a bag of Lindabury apples that can be pressed into cider.
For more information, go to amherstciderfest.org.