Cider Pressing

It’s a tradition in our family to pick a ton of apples in the fall and then take them to the press to be turned into cider at Sewall Organic Orchard.  Every since the girls were old enough to pick up apples from the tarp on the ground, we have joined our long-time family friends in this fall ritual.  They have more heirloom trees than we do, so most of the apples come from their property.  Over the years, as the girls have grown, we’ve perfected our apple picking technique to the point were we’ve got it down to a science.  This year, our crew was able to see the press and spend some time sipping cider.  And next summer on the Riggin, we will have organic cider every week!  There’s a video of the process on Instagram.

Apples ready for the press

Hauling in the apples. Many hands…

Loading the hopper. Ear protection is key.

Bob Sewell, the man himself.

The end result.



  • Diane Verkuilen
    November 7, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Just curious … Does the apple cider process include washing the apples before pressing?

    • athomeatsea
      November 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      Hi Diane,
      Yes, we do wash the apples as they are going into the hopper. James, the guy in the background of one of the photos and the video at, is doing just that. But even before that, we take the apples from the tree, not the drops from the ground, so as to ensure sanitation. Our highly evolved apple-picking technique involves one person in the tree shaking the branches and 5 people (or so) on the ground holding the tarp that catches them and keeps them from rolling around on the grass. When the girls used to do this with us, we had them wear safety helmets! Those apples smart!
      Thanks for the question. It’s a good one.

  • Denise Jose
    November 8, 2018 at 2:56 am

    It is fun to see that the crew keeps working with you even after the sailing season is done. They were fun guys and really added to our cruise.
    Can’t wait to sail with you again in July.

    • athomeatsea
      November 8, 2018 at 7:38 am

      It is fun. They are a great bunch of humans. July! Seems like a ways from now, but will be here before we know it.


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