Humbug Creek Farm in Glencoe, California is known throughout Calaveras and Amador Counties for its all natural apple cider. Humbug Creek Farm presses apple cider 8-10 times during the apple harvest season of September thru December. Each pressing offers a unique combination of a wide variety of heirloom apples, resulting in a complex and robust flavor with subtle changes throughout the season. Each gallon you try might be a bit different than the last!
How do you make apple cider?
Humbug Creek Farm apple cider is made using our own cider press on the farm, usually with lots of help from friends and family! After the apples are harvested from the orchard (with careful instructions from Steve on which varieties to pick) they are washed and sanitized. The apples are then loaded in to the scrubber where the conveyer belt picks them up and dumps them into the big (and noisy) grinder. The grinder turns the apples into pumice which is loaded by hand into big mesh bags. The bags of apple pumice are then squeezed by hydraulic presses until rivers of golden cider are flowing into the catch basins. The cider is then passed through an ultra violet light box which helps to kill bacteria without killing the naturally occurring nutrients or changing the flavor. Then the cider is bottled, labeled, and ready for you to enjoy. We store our cider frozen, to maintain peak freshness without pasteurization or preservatives. The entire process is solar powered!
What is in your apple cider?
Apples. With the exception of the occasional pear or grape if the cider chef is feeling creative!
Where can I buy Humbug Creek Farm apple cider?
Cider is available only during the the months of September - December. Cider can be purchased at the farm or from our road side stand in front of the farm. Go to the Contact Us page to contact the Farm regarding cider availability. Cider is also available through the Amador County CSA, Mother Load Harvest, during the fall season.