Baugher’s Apple Cider is a Special Fall Treat
In 1986, Allan Baugher designed and built the fresh cider mill at Baugher’s Orchard. The mill was built in a three story building, using natural gravity to move the product after the apples have been transported on a conveyor to the top floor. This process is more efficient and saves on energy usage.
We use a special blend of sweet & tart apples, all harvested from our trees, right here in Carroll County, MD. The apples are picked at their peak ripeness for flavor and brought into our packing house, where they are washed & sorted. The apples are then selected by variety, with a mixture of sweet & tart apple flavors to develop a full bodied taste.
Here’s one hint: we never begin pressing until sweet Red Delicious apples have been picked from our orchard!
The mixture of apples are chopped by a grinder and pressed to extract the delicious juice. Then, the juice is stored in large stainless steel tanks, chilled to 35 degrees and left set to “develop flavor” overnight.
The apple cider is then run through a flash pasteurization process, where it is heated to 165 degrees for 8 – 10 seconds, to kill bacteria, while maintaining the beneficial enzymes that are in natural cider. The apple cider is run back into cooling tanks, and chilled back down to 35 degrees. After cooled completely, it is bottled into ½ gallon, & gallon jugs in an automatic bottling and capping machine, ready to sell at our markets or serve in our country restaurant!
Great care in handling is taken to ensure a safe and healthy drink for you and your children. We are very proud to produce apple cider which has so much history throughout the heritage of our country!
Our apple cider is freshly pressed September through March every year, and is also available frozen throughout the summer.
Care and Storage Tips
Keep our delicious apple cider refrigerated, as it is best enjoyed icy cold, or heated with spices on a cold day. Apple cider will keep, refrigerated, about 10 days – two weeks. It is a special treat for holiday parties, and festive occasions. Taste the goodness of this old-fashioned drink!!!
Baugher’s Apple Cider Fun Facts!!!
- Baugher’s can press over 45,000 pounds of apples a day!
- Our daily production is over 3,000 gallons of fresh Baugher’s Apple Cider!
- Baugher’s press over 50,000 gallons of apple cider a season!
- Four – six apple varieties are blended to make Baugher’s Apple Cider
- Baugher’s Apple Cider has no added sugar, no fat, and no cholesterol!!!
- Baugher’s Apple Cider has only 120 calories per 8 oz. serving.
- The left over squeezed apple pulp can be used to feed livestock!
Our apple cider is a very special seasonal treat that our customers look forward to enjoying every year. You can purchase apple cider at both the Fruit Market and Orchard Market. Select apple cider as your drink in our restaurant too.