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One of two cider presses at Kauffman's Fruit Farm & Market
Energy Efficiency: Cider Press - Articles Articles

Energy Efficiency: Cider Press

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Real-time energy monitoring sites at horticultural operations throughout PA. Kauffman's Fruit Farm & Market in Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, is the site example for a cider press. More
Making Cider Vinegar at Home
Making Cider Vinegar at Home - Articles Articles

Making Cider Vinegar at Home

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Two factors require special attention when making vinegar at home: oxygen supply and temperature. More
Hard Cider Business Benchmark Survey
Hard Cider Business Benchmark Survey - Articles Articles
This study enables cider makers to identify areas for potential cost savings to allow their businesses to operate with more profitable margins and to further understand the current state of the cider production marketplace. More
2017 Hard Cider Federal Tax Changes
2017 Hard Cider Federal Tax Changes - Videos Videos

2017 Hard Cider Federal Tax Changes

Carla Snyder

2:54

The Cider Act went into effect on January 1, 2017, and changes how cider is classified for federal taxation purposes. More
Topworked block of hard cider varieties under trial at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center. Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
Penn State Cider Orchard Production Survey Findings - News News
The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Team conducted a survey to assess the needs of hard cider fruit producers across the state and the Mid-Atlantic region. More
Hard Cider Producers Tour
Hard Cider Producers Tour - Workshops Workshops
Participants will be given an exclusive tour by cider makers and cidery owners of each operation and discuss owning a cider business. More
Introduction to Cider Styles: Part 2
Introduction to Cider Styles: Part 2 - Videos Videos

Introduction to Cider Styles: Part 2

Carla Snyder

2:12

Discover the different styles of cider and its apples to determine what pairs with your tastes and your plates. Introduction to Cider Styles: Part 2 reviews cider styles that include additional fruits, hops and spices as well as sour and aged cider. More
Introduction to Cider Styles: Part 1
Introduction to Cider Styles: Part 1 - Videos Videos

Introduction to Cider Styles: Part 1

Carla Snyder

1:37

Cider is as diverse as wine or beer. Discover the different styles and nuances of cider and its apples to determine what pairs with your tastes and your plates best. Introduction to Cider Styles: Part 1 reviews the Traditional Categories. More
Mid Atlantic Hard Cider Consumer Survey, Q4 2015
Mid-Atlantic Hard Cider Consumer and Producer Trends - Articles Articles
Hard cider production is increasingly becoming an economically attractive value-added product in the apple industry. More
Photo courtesy of PA Cider Guild.
Using Mid-Atlantic Processing Fruit in Hard Cider Production - Articles Articles
Exploring the potential for using Mid-Atlantic processing apple varieties in hard cider production. More
The Business of Hard Cider - Allowable Label Revisions
The Business of Hard Cider - Allowable Label Revisions - Videos Videos
Learn new allowable label revisions under the September 24, 2014 changes to your COLA. More
Guidelines for Producing Unpasteurized Cider in Pennsylvania
Guidelines for Producing Unpasteurized Cider in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Guidelines for Producing Unpasteurized Cider in Pennsylvania

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

This publication explains how to follow established food safety and sanitation standards that minimize the risk for contamination. More
Dr. Greg Peck, Cornell University
Assessing the Feasibility of Growing Apple Cultivars for Hard Cider Producers - Articles Articles
These tools are designed as educational resources to aid in decision making regarding the establishment of your cider variety orchard. More
Food Safety Questions and Answers
Food Safety Questions and Answers - Articles Articles

Food Safety Questions and Answers

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Commonly asked home owner food safety questions. More
Energy Efficiency in Horticultural Operations
Energy Efficiency in Horticultural Operations - Articles Articles
A variety of methods and tips to help horticultural producers improve their energy efficiency, make their operations more ecologically friendly, and improve their bottom line. More
Example of a local food school lunch at the School District of Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Devon Sundberg.
Farm to School Buyer Grower Meeting - Workshops Workshops
Incorporating Pennsylvania Produce into Child Nutrition Programs for school meals. More
Fundamentals of HACCP
Fundamentals of HACCP - Workshops Workshops
Fundamentals of HACCP is a 2-day basic course in HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) taught by certified instructors with extensive experience in food safety training. More
What's Buzzing Around the Bananas?
What's Buzzing Around the Bananas? - Articles Articles
Vinegar flies, sometimes inaccurately called fruit flies, are small flies found hovering around over-ripened bananas left out on the counter. More
The Scholl Family
Twilight At-Market Workshop at Scholl Orchard - Workshops Workshops
The Scholl family will give a tour of their facility, give a history of their business and explain what makes their business successful. More
Source: Eric R. Day, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org
Tree Fruit Insect Pest - Spotted Wing Drosophila - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Insect Pest - Spotted Wing Drosophila

Grzegorz (Greg) Krawczyk, Ph.D.

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is an invasive species originally from Asia. More
Once established in the wound, the fungus can quickly spread from infected fruit to adjacent healthy fruit during storage. Photo by K. Peter.
Apple and Pear Disease - Gray Mold - Articles Articles

Apple and Pear Disease - Gray Mold

Kari A. Peter, Ph.D.

Gray mold, Botrytis cinerea, is the most important postharvest disease of pears and is second to blue mold in importance to apple. More
Salt by Leonid Mamchenkov on flickr.com CC BY 2.0
Lower the Salt and Save Money - Articles Articles

Lower the Salt and Save Money

Mary Reistetter Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hypertension, or high blood pressure affects one out of every three adults. More
A man and woman look at produce at a farmers’ market/SNAP-Ed Connection
Tips for Saving Money at the Grocery Store - News News
Following some simple grocery shopping tips can save money at the grocery store. More
Image: pya8300/Pixabay / is in the public domain; creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0
Low Cost After School Snacks - News News

Low Cost After School Snacks

11/15/2017

After a long day at school children’s minds and bodies need to be energized. More
Rob Crassweller, professor of horticulture and extension tree-fruit specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Photo: Mike Houtz
Crassweller Receives Society's Outstanding Extension Educator Award - News News
The award recognizes an educator who has had a distinguished and outstanding career as an extension educator in horticultural science for 10 years or more. More
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