For our first day of hiking our hosts at the Shoreham Inn, Molly and Dominic, made suggestions of places to explore in the area. All they needed to mention was Apple Orchard Hard Cider Farm and we were on our way!
On our way to the cider farms we came across a very old and interesting grave yard, many of the residents were born in the early 1800's and died at a fairly young age.
Our next stop was the Douglas Orchards. We were given an off the cuff tour of the process of producing some of the best cider in the country. A couple of times a week, pickers bring in bushels of apples and dump them on the washing belt, they are then ground up whole, mashed and the cider is extracted, the cider is then sterilized with ultra violet lighting and bottled for sale in the store. The mashing process was difficult for me to follow but cloths used in that process are washed in these old wringer washing machines.