Noble Cider is now the proud owner of our own box truck! Thank you to Meda and her investment into our mobility!
With this, we unveil our first (of many) contest! Please help us choose a name for our truck. Make your suggestions in the comment section below or on facebook. The winning idea will get a free gallon of cider!
This week we received 6 more shiny new 275 gallon totes. We also filled our 3rd tote this week.
Hello there, World. Noble Cider’s made the move to social media. And here’s what we have to ask you all: “We like you. Do you like us? Please check yes, no* or maybe**.”
(*, ** – These options aren’t really a choice. Just a mere throwback to playground memories.)
That’s right! Another tote in the freezer as of last Friday. We’ve got more apple bins lined up for tomorrow from Apple Haven Orchard. Should be some nice ones—Winesap, Wolf River, Nittany and maybe some grannies. Press on.
Oh! It’s on! Or better to say, it’s juice! Noble Cider is officially producing cider – the sweet kind for now. In 12 hours on Sunday and another 5 on Monday, we pressed our first 80 bushels of apples. That’s about 250 gallons of juice! Not too bad for our first major pressing!
It was exhausting work, but really fun and satisfying work. After years of office life and long project life-cycles, there’s something to be said about instant results from hard work. You grind the apples, you press the apples, and voilà – apple cider! We at Noble are so proud to be creating a quality product made from local, in-season apples. Staymen Winesap, Mutsu, and Blushing Gold all from Sky Top Orchard, in Flat Rock, NC will make this first batch perfect! (Thanks David and crew!)
Our current process is hands on from beginning to end. It goes the fastest with the full Noble Foursome: two of us hand selecting, pruning, and washing apples; while the other two are grinding apples, stacking the press, and pressing the apple mash. The bin first took about 4 hours to complete, as we were creating our system along the way. Now we’ve got it down to about 3 hours.
Our juice is in deep freeze now, soon to be joined by other Noble juice containers, as we wait to receive our winery permits….
250 gallons down and just 1750 more to go!
Go team Noble, Go!
Trevor and I spent this week getting ready start seriously pressing apples. The press needed a few final touches and we had to create a wet area in our warehouse.
We gave a lot of thought to the layout and making sure we have everything in place to juice efficiently.
We have picked up our first 5 bins of apples. 100 bushels of apples is a lot of apples but this is less than a sixth of what we are planning to juice this year.
We also bought a used pallet jack. I never thought I would ever be excited about buying a pallet jack but strangely I am.