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Fruit Forward: Turn Backyard Fruit Into Community Cider + Support Hunger-Free Oregon

  |  Local Happenings, Neighborhood Insight, Portland

Do you have more backyard apples, berries or other fruits than you know what to do with? We have a solution! And it even helps to community.

Portland Cider Co. is currently hosting their Fourth Annual Fruit Forward apple and fruit drive, inviting Portland Metro neighbors to turn backyard apples into a community cider at the end of September. Better yet — 100 percent of the proceeds from the cider sales will support Hunger-Free Oregon, a local organization committed to actively working to end hunger by connecting people to food and nutrition programs, raising awareness about hunger, and advocating for systemic changes.

Portland Cider Co. Fruit Forward

Courtesy of Portland Cider Co.

Portland Cider Co. is collecting bushels of unwanted and fallen apples, fruits and berries from July 29 through September 28. They invite you to drop off your fruit at their Taproom + Cidery in Clackamas Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For every bushel (40 pounds) of edible, quality apples or pears––or for every 10 pounds of berries, plums and other fruits––donors will receive a voucher for a pint of Portland Cider redeemable at either of the company’s two taprooms (while supplies last).

Donors will also be invited to join in a hands-on experience of pressing apples into cider at their annual Pressing Party on September 28 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The family-friendly party will feature a petting zoo, a bouncy house, an old school apple mill and press, and ice cream-stuffed donuts. There will also be cider slushies and new cider releases, including Crangerine and a small batch of Pumpkin Spice. RSVP and get updates about the Pressing Party on their Facebook event page as the date draws near.

Portland Cider Co. Fruit Forward

Photo Courtesy of Portland Cider Co.

Portland Cider Co.’s Fruit Forward drive helps reduce food waste, creates a delicious cider, helps reduce hunger, and culminates with a fun community event — it’s a win-win-win-win, if you ask us.

“This full-scale community effort is about bringing people together to create handmade craft cider, using the fruits from our own backyards here in the Portland Metro area, while reducing waste with this unique apple recycling program,” explained Lynda Parrish, co-owner of Portland Cider Co. “Last year’s cider included lots of wild foraged blackberries and backyard pears, which elevated the community cider to a whole new level and made it our most successful fundraiser to date.”

Portland Cider Co. Fruit Forward

Photo Courtesy of Portland Cider Co.

Portland Cider is pleased to partner with Hunger-Free Oregon as they actively work to end hunger before it begins by promoting the well-being and economic security of all Oregonians and eliminating the underlying causes and consequences of hunger. The cider house will be donating all proceeds to Hunger-Free Schools, which works to ensure students of all ages and levels have enough to eat.

“We love this program so much,” Parrish added. “It’s all about bringing together cider, community, sustainability, tradition and charity in an annual cider release.”

Portland Cider Co. was started in October 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. With two taproom locations in Portland and Clackamas, Portland Cider Co. offers one of the most diverse collections of cider in North America. Their cider is made from 100 percent Northwest-grown apples, without the addition of artificial flavorings, colorings, or sulfites.

For more information about Portland Cider Co. and Fruit Forward, head to their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. And to learn more about Hunger-Free Oregon, visit their website.

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