Schwartz Orchards wins Illinois Cider
Cider offered locally at Gail's Pumpkin
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[October 10, 2014]
Illinois State Horticulture Society sponsored the 25th Annual
Illinois Cider Contest in Springfield, IL. This contest was in
conjunction with the Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and
Organic Conference. Schwartz Orchards, Centralia, IL, produced the
No. 1 overall rated cider at this year’s contest, repeating his 2008
win in both the National and Illinois contests. Tom Schwartz pressed
his winning cider for this year’s contests with a bladder press
using only Jonathan apples.
Judges evaluated the entries using a 25-point rating scale for
cider quality and characteristics. The judges conducted “blind”
evaluations where only a randomly chosen sample number identified
each cider entry. Dr. Elizabeth Wahle, U of I Extension Educator was
the Cider Contest Coordinator.
Schwartz Cider is available at Gail’s Pumpkin Patch, 1709 2000th
Avenue, Beason, IL. The pumpkin patch is currently open until
October 31, 2014. The award winning cider is available in half
pints, half-gallons and gallons.
David and Gail Apel-Sasse, co-owners of Gail’s Pumpkin Patch toured
the Schwartz Orchard Cider Open House this summer. They were able to
view the cider making process and taste the cider. They have photos
of the cider process that can be viewed by their customers.
[Gail Apel-Sasse, Gail's Pumpkin