September/October 2016 Our Ohio

Hard core cider producers revive an ancient craft

Ten years ago, hard cider, the kicky adult version of a favorite fall beverage, was difficult to come by unless you knew someone with a batch fermenting in their cellar and willing to share. The strong stuff was perfectly legal but hard to obtain and typically not very quaffable. Today, there are at least seven hard cider producers in Ohio reviving this ancient craft in creative ways, and some count on local apple and cider producers to help them get the job done.

Starting from a seed: Agritourism, conservation help farm flourish

The fall brings long hours and strangers sometimes straying into off-limits areas but the Lohstrohs love showing off their farm. George’s wife, Michelle, is the primary educator, teaching all ages about the different varieties and uses of pumpkins and squash and how much hard work goes into growing food. Around town she’s known as the “pumpkin lady.” Another appropriate title would be “conservationist.”