Pressing cider has been a cherished tradition at Hubbell Family Farm since 1870 when the family acquired a custom-made press manufactured in Syracuse. For the first 40 years, the press was powered by a steam engine, replaced in 1917 with a gasoline engine that still runs today, a hundred years later.
A popular fall activity and tourist attraction in the Catskills, the Hubbell press turns 1 bushel of apples into 3 gallons a cider in what seems to be a venerated ceremony for enthusiast spectators.
Custom pressing, by appointment only, takes place every Saturday throughout the month of October. To make an appointment, call Burr Hubbell at (845) 586-2707, ext. 3 during regular business hours Monday through Friday.
The mill is located at 46124 State Hwy 30, Margaretville, New York.
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