Arthur Sr. was behind many additions to the farm in the 1970s including the Garden Way cider press which he put together in the shop.
Apples were gathered from the ancient Northern Spy trees and what we now call the 1950s orchard with its Golden and Red Delicious dwarf apple trees. We all took our turns turning the crank to grind the apples. Such glorious sweetness poured from the little hole on the bottom of the tray into the waiting graniteware kettle on the grass!
Though he wasn't given the gift to watch his grandchildren turning that crank, we've dragged the old Garden Way cider press out of the shop nearly every fall, sometimes hosting a cider pressing party for friends, always pressing a couple of gallons for family and once pressing cider with a slew of kids and their families from the Austin School. That year cider sales helped finance the annual legendary trip to Pittsburgh for Mr. Metzger and his students.
|Joey & Kate Metzger with "Auntie Snip"|
|Joey keeping close watch on the process|
|Aucotts: Mike, Louise and Gabe|
Arthur & Anne Acker(?) on the left
|Zach Pucci, Paul Heimel, Joey Metzger, Blair Heimel, Maggie Acker|
|Steve Heimel, Paul Heimel with Paul J. on his shoulders,|
Kate Metzger, Chris Heimel, Joey Metzger & Arthur Metzger
|Zach Pucci on his way to the cider press|