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Cider Pressing Day


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This week, SLCgreen FruitShare partner The Green Urban Lunch Box and Mountain West Hard Cider are inviting volunteers to help press locally harvested apples into the second edition of The Green Urban Lunch Box Hard Cider.

photo of apples

The collaboration between the local non-profit and local business began last year and was a natural solution to the problem of what to do with fruit that’s not high enough quality for eating or donating, but is perfect for juice. What a creative way to minimize food waste!

Harvesting about 9,000 pounds of fruit from 50 various locations across the Salt Lake Valley and even a bit beyond, The Green Urban Lunch Box pressed approximately 350 gallons of juice in 2016. A crew of six staff members and two faithful volunteers spent two 12-hour days pressing apples, while almost 400 volunteers put in more than 1,500 hours to pick fruit that contributed to this juice.

Together, in the hands of trusted Mountain West cidermaker Joel Goodwillie, Mountain West Hard Cider and The Green Urban Lunch Box created a limited release hard cider with natural yeast fermentation. It might be hard to find any other cider that is more local than this made with local apples and natural yeasts (…can we call that ‘local yeasts’?)

Now they’re doing it again!

Join the fun and help press some apple cider with FruitShare! Both events are located at Mountain West Cidery – 425 North 400 West, SLC UT 84103.

Photo of Mountain West Hard Cider storefront


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