Lebaon, CT (PRWEB) September 19, 2012
Apple season is in full swing throughout Connecticut. While orchards have plenty of varieties for picking, the quantity of cider apples available for pressing is in short supply. The Farmer’s Cow moved quickly to begin bottling and its Fresh All Natural Apple Cider is now available in stores throughout the state.
The smaller-than-normal apple crop is the result of the unusual weather this past spring. The heat wave in March produced early blossoms that were killed when temperatures dropped below freezing in April. Apple blossoms can withstand temperatures in the upper 20s, but anything lower will kill the flowers before they can bear fruit. According to the New England Apple Association, the 2012 New England apple crop is estimated at 2.76 million 42-pound boxes, a decrease of about 25 percent from 2011.
“Farmers understand well that you can’t control the weather and that you have to work with it,” said Robin Chesmer, managing member of The Farmer’s Cow. “The nature of agriculture is unpredictable, which is why some years are better than others for different crops.”
With fewer cider apples available for processing this year, the impact will be felt by farmers and consumers alike with likely higher prices and limited quantities. The upside is that the taste is better than average thanks to the early growing season. From the first batch, this year’s cider has the rich, mellow taste of late harvest.
The Farmer’s Cow first introduced its fresh apple cider in 2006. They work with neighboring orchards and a cider mill to press premium apples into cider that is bottled locally at a farmstead bottler. The delicious cider is all-natural and contains no preservatives. For more information on where to purchase The Farmer’s Cow fresh local products visit http://www.TheFarmersCow.com , call (866) 355‐COWS, or email farmers(at)thefarmerscow(dot)com.
About The Farmer’s Cow
The Farmer’s Cow is a group of six Connecticut dairy farms that produces fresh, local milk, half & half, heavy cream and ice cream for Southern New England. The Farmer’s Cow dairy products are pasteurized the “traditional way” and are never ultra‐pasteurized. The members of The Farmer’s Cow do not use Artificial Growth Hormones (rBST) on any of their cows. They also sell Connecticut‐sourced, all‐natural eggs, apple cider, seasonal beverages and coffee. The Farmer’s Cow’s mission is to promote Connecticut agriculture and prove to consumers that “Local is Fresh!”