Update 9/11: This event has been canceled for 2021.
Take a step back in time at the annual Philip Foster Farm Cider Squeeze.
The Philip Foster Farm is a historic 1840s homestead featuring original and reconstructed buildings. Visitors to the farm participate in hands-on activities and get an insider’s look at how life was on a working farm along the Oregon Trail.
On September 18, the farm invites you to bring your apples, press theirs or buy cider during the Cider Squeeze. This family-friendly event lets you make your very own fresh apple cider using the farm’s hand-cranked cider presses.
Aside from cider making, the event will have tours of the houses; hands-on corn grinding, log cabin building, and cross-cut sawing in the 1860s barn; blacksmithing demonstrations; and re-enactors sharing the history of the farm. There will also be live music, folk dancing, and kids crafts. Food options include hamburgers, hot dogs and donuts from Joe’s Donuts.
On top of all that homestead entertainment is the country store stocked with toys, games, candy, household goods, books, textiles, and clothing all themed to the 1800s through early 1900s. They also stock handmade and authentic items like candles, knitted and woven goods, woodcraft items, and iron work.
General admission is $5 for individuals and $20 for families. If you would like to press your own cider to take home, here are the additional costs:
- $3 per gallon to press cider from your own apples.
- $6 per gallon to press cider from the farm’s apples.
- $1 per one gallon jug.
- $7 for pre-pressed, pasteurized cider.
Cider is limited to two gallons per family.
The annual Cider Squeeze is taking place September 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Philip Foster Farm is located at 22725 SE Eagle Creek Road in Eagle Creek, Oregon. For more information, visit the farm’s website.
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