At Rabbit Hill Farm, Flip McFarland presses early varieties of Deer Isle apples. PHOTO BY CHERYL WIXSON

Farm to host demo on cider-making

STONINGTON — On Open Winery Day, Sept. 15, Rabbit Hill Farm will open its doors to the public to watch early varieties of Deer Isle apples being pressed and learn how to build a homestead fruit press.

Cider maker Flip McFarland will operate the press and explain how he built his own press from 10 a.m. to noon. From 1:30 to 3 p.m., McFarland will switch his focus to the art of sparkling wine. He will explain his methodology of making still and sparkling ciders and apple cider vinegar, including harvesting and sweating the apples, grinding and pressing, testing, fermentation, and bottling. Enjoy sparkling cider and apple juice samples.

Rabbit Hill Farm is located at 148 Barbour Farm Road in Stonington.

For more info, call 367-5003.

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