Ivy Hill Farm’s Apple Cider Fest kicks off the Fall season

The sixth annual Cider Press Party kicked off in Smithsburg on Sunday.
The beginning of Fall is also a celebration for apples and apple products.
“We were faced with one of the bigger crops in 1975 that we ever had on the farm,” said John Steven Martin, the owner of Ivy Hill Farm in Smithsburg. 
Today, his farm is growing acres of a variety of apples. He says it’s been rough this year with the constant rain, but that didn’t stop him from putting on the sixth annual Cider Party for dedicated apple lovers.
“We wait for apple cider all year long because we love the apple cider here,” said Karen Burter a Hagerstown resident.
The celebration included a Bluegrass band, crisp apples and apple cider flavors available in sweet, semi-sweet and tart. 
“We’re picking well over a million apples off the tree and it’s kind of amazing that this is all done by hand labor,” Martin said. 
He says the current cider machine is now capable of making around 10,000 gallons if apple cider a year.
“We drink their apple cider until like November,” Burter said.
“Definitely take some apple cider home with us,” Debbie Bakner a Smithsburg resident said. 
Martin says the best cider will come in two weeks. And that they’ll be there until the beginning of December.

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