Making cider at home is pretty easy. It takes very little in the way of space or equipment and just a few hours of your time. It's fun! I'm actually teaching a free Zoom class on making cider on September 15, 2020.
But you do need apples. These can be bought at a store or farmer's market, of course, but where's the fun in that. And as any observant ambler can attest, millions of apples go un-used every fall.
That's where my Cider-Maker's Stationery comes in. You can use this unique two-part card to contact prospective fruit tree owners and get apples for free!
Here's how it works:
- As the aspiring cider-maker, you fill in the top part, explaining what you're after (apples, pears, quince, etc.) and how many finished cider bottles you'll give for the privilege of harvesting the tree (s).
- Drop the pre-stamped* envelope in the mail and wait for your reply.
- The tree owner receives the card, and fills out the bottom portion, along with a good day/time for you to harvest the tree.
- They separate the bottom pre-stamped bottom portion ...
- ... and drop it in the mailbox.
- You get the card back and arrange your pick!
- Make cider, and deliver the agreed-upon quantity of cider.
Cider is a great way to meet your neighbors.
Fresh-Pressed in Portland
This open-edition A2 (4.375" x 5.75") card was printed by hand, with love, on gluten-powered letterpress equipment using soy-based inks.
American-made French Paper
My Cider-Maker's Stationery is printed on 80 lb., Made in the USA paper made from 100% cotton. Cotton paper is made from biproducts salvaged from textile production, keeping waste out of the landfill, and uses less water and energy than traditional tree-based paper. It feels really nice, too.
* The stamped version comes with appropriate postage for USA domestic mail. It's also available in an international-friendly un-stamped version for $1.00 less.