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Old 09-10-2012, 02:11 PM   #31
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Virginia had a great apple crop this year, but prices are still almost double what they were 3 years ago. I have heard stories about processors from Illinois and Michigan offering to buy entire orchards' output for ridiculous money, which is driving the prices up.

OTOH - The apple growers around here have been getting hammered for years by cheap imports, so its good to see them finally getting some decent money on their apple crop. A lot of farmers will be able to get new tractors and fix up their barns this Spring and thousands of new trees will be planted this Fall. And even with the spike in prices, a keg of good cider is still pretty inexpensive to make. So yeah, it kinda sucks that good juice isnt dirt cheap anymore, but its not going to slow us down. My friends and I are getting 120 gallons of juice on Thursday.

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:23 PM   #32
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I know it's not 100% fresh pressed, but Motts Natural is actually pretty damn tasty and a good option. Its a combo of fresh pressed and concentrate, with no preservatives or additives. Looks like cider, tastes like cider. I just started a one gallon batch on Saturday - you can get a gallon for $5 on sale, 50 cents more regular. So, not perfect but it's an option

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Old 09-10-2012, 07:49 PM   #33
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A few weeks ago I paid $10/gallon for 75% cider 25% pear west of Milwaukee. It was pressed right in front of me, and picked 30 minutes before. I was told that the yield keeps getting better throughout the season, so hopefully the price will go down a bit.

After doing some research, it looks like the weekend of Sept. 15th is when more orchards will start to have cider in SE WI.

 
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:06 PM   #34
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:30 PM   #35
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I ended up paying $6.50 a gallon near Burlington VT. Owner said that a lot of orchards are not making cider in bulk this year. Rather they are selling to companies like Gerber for higher prices.

 
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:38 PM   #36
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Grand Rapids, MI here. One mill that I bought at last year said probably no bulk sales. They brew cider commercially so I can understand they probably cant get enough to fill their brewery orders let alone selling bulk to the public.
Another mill I bought at last year said they will be selling but at a higher price. Not sure how high but they were really cheap and considering the situation I wouldnt mind paying double to get some.

 
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:44 PM   #37
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Local orchard here quoted our club members $5 gallon for bulk fresh cider.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:41 PM   #38
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Virginia had a great apple crop this year, but prices are still almost double what they were 3 years ago. I have heard stories about processors from Illinois and Michigan offering to buy entire orchards' output for ridiculous money, which is driving the prices up.

OTOH - The apple growers around here have been getting hammered for years by cheap imports, so its good to see them finally getting some decent money on their apple crop. A lot of farmers will be able to get new tractors and fix up their barns this Spring and thousands of new trees will be planted this Fall. And even with the spike in prices, a keg of good cider is still pretty inexpensive to make. So yeah, it kinda sucks that good juice isnt dirt cheap anymore, but its not going to slow us down. My friends and I are getting 120 gallons of juice on Thursday.
Good to hear VA is having a good year, lived down there for a couple of years and enjoyed the ciders and nice folks at Albemarle Ciderworks in your neck of the woods. Now if only y'all could learn to spell 'Newtown Pippin' correctly!
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:37 AM   #39
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Here in Indianapolis Im paying $9.75 / gallon for local cider.

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:02 AM   #40
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Picked up some Sunday in the Chicago burbs. Pressed in front of me at $7.00 a gallon. I'm going to mix it with some store bought stuff and hope it turns out.

 
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