Check out these resources to learn more about heirloom apples, as well as the how-to and history of cider-making.
To locate artisan cider makers near you, search by ZIP code at Local Harvest or consult our map of Artisan Hard Cider Makers. Add your own favorite cider companies to our map, too. Or check out some of our favorite producers of hard cider and hard dessert cider.
Apples: A Catalog of International Varieties by Tom Burford
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World (Part I of IV) by Michael Pollan
Cider, Hard and Sweet by Ben Watson
Cider: Making, Using and Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider by Annie Proulx and Lew Nichols
Craft Cider Making by Andrew Lea
Old Southern Apples by Creighton Lee Calhoun Jr.
Forgotten Fruits Manual & Manifesto—Apples (free PDF) by Gary Paul Nabhan
Making the Best Apple Cider (e-book) by Annie Proulx
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Archive
Oh yeah, you can also learn more in the many articles on cider we’ve published over the years:
Try Farm-Fresh American Hard Cider This Season by Tabitha Alterman
Enjoy Delicious Apple Cider, Sweet and Hard by Megan E. Phelps
Fall’s Sweetest Harvest by John Stuart
Make Your Own Hard Cider by Nathan Poell
Falling for Apples by Noel Perrin
Get Ready for Cider Pressin’ by Judy White
Juice of the Apple by Michael Phillips
Pouring Apple Cider by Richard Varr (from Grit, our sister magazine)
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