What is the Citizen's Cider Project?
Our Citizen’s Cider Project turns previously neglected apples from local backyards, roadsides, fencerows, and abandoned fields into a profoundly local hard cider.
How Does it Work?
Bring your apples to us and we will pay you $10 per bushel or approximately $0.25 per pound. You can pick into any container and we will measure it for you. Although the store is not officially open, you can use your newly earned apple-picking cash to buy cider when you drop apples off.
When and Where Can We Drop Apples Off?
Drop your apples off at the Banjo Cidery: 614 Sandford Rd, Uxbridge. Our first drop-off dates will be as follows:
Sunday September 15th from 4 to 7 pm
Thursday September 19th from 4 to 7 pm
Sunday September 22 from 4 to 7 pm
We will let you know about future drop-off dates after we take stock of the first ones. You can also donate small quantities (e.g., a grocery bag) at our stand at the Uxbridge Farmer’s Market (9-2 pm Sundays)
Apple-Picking Do's and Don'ts
Apples can be imperfect: blemishes, apple scab, nicks, or a single light bruise are all okay.
The best apples for cider have a high sugar content and are quite tart or bitter, however all varieties are welcome. Heritage varieties and crab apples are our favourites.
You can pick over several days as they ripen and store them out of the sun and rain and away from critters.
If you are harvesting on someone else’s property, please obtain permission first.
No rotten or heavily bruised apples
No sprayed apples
No split-open apples
No unripe apples – Signs the apples may not be ripe are: not many apples have fallen from the tree, the apples don’t pick easily or easily shake from the tree, the apple is too hard when you bite it, red apples have not turned red, yellow apples have not turned yellow, etc.. A good article on determining ripeness is here.
Please be aware that we cannot accept apples that don’t meet the criteria above. If you are in doubt, drop us a line.
Share Your Photos
We would love to see everyone engaged in this collective apple picking effort. Please take photos, post them on Facebook and Instagram and tag @banjocider, or send to firstname.lastname@example.org.