The Olmsted Apple Project 2015.

It’s almost harvest time again, and that means…

Join Citizen Cider for the 2ND Annual Olmsted Apple Project

The diverse apple varieties that distinguish greater Burlington are ready to harvest – so grab your friends and some buckets and get picking. Bring your crop to Citizen Cider and together we’ll make our second round of the esteemed Olmstead Apple Project Cider.

Any local apples will do, as long as they are:

  • Firm, not really soft, with no apparent rot spots
  • Brought in bins, totes, boxes or buckets- not in plastic bags please
  • Golf ball size or larger: crab apples make great cider but if too small they’re hard to press.
  • Ideally picked from the trees- drops are OK as long as they are in good shape.
  • Labeled with your name, location of trees, and variety (if known)

Apples can be brought to the Citizen Cider tasting room at 316 Pine Street during regular hours of operation from now till November 15th.

This winter we’ll celebrate the fruit of your labor with a release party here at the tasting room, joined by special guest and local historian Hugo Martinez Cazon. A portion of proceeds will again go to support the Vermont Foodbank’s Gleaning Program.

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Why Olmsted?

olmstedFrederick Law Olmstead was considered a father of landscape architecture and his contributions to our natural landscape, including Shelburne Farms, Central Park, and the Emerald Necklace, certainly deserve to be toasted.

In Olmstead’s time, renowned orchards stood on what is now Burlington, and he remarked on the quality of apples grown here on this very soil. Part of this project is to search out these varieties of yesteryear, including the white, red, and yellow striped Burlington Pippen- originally catalogued in 1905. The search is on- will you join us?