The Olmsted Apple Project 2017.


Take time to pick the diverse apple varieties that distinguish the greater Burlington area. These apples 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 third round of the esteemed Olmsted 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 Monday thru Friday from 12-5pm from now till November 15th.

We’ll celebrate the fruit of your labor with a release party here at the tasting room, next year when we finish making this cider. A portion of proceeds will again go to support the Vermont Foodbank’s Gleaning Program.


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Frederick 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?