MORP plans Orchard Social at Outlier Cellars

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MORP plans Orchard Social at Outlier Cellars

Apple event celebrates Montezuma’s fruit-growing heritage, annual harvest
Fenceline Cider co-owner Neal Wright. The 2018 Orchard Social will be at Outlier Cellars, 141 S. Main St., in Mancos.
An apple on one of the trees at T Lazy T orchard, home of Teal Cider.
How to help

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project is looking for volunteer apple pickers, sellers and juicemakers.
Join MORP’s volunteer picking crew. Email morp@montezumaorchard.org to list your availability and area of interest. Pickers plan to be in the field from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers who work for a day will earn a MORP T-shirt; and those who work three days will earn a heritage apple tree.Pick apples from your orchard to sell to MORP. MORP will pay $4 per bushel on the tree and $8 per bushel for picked and delivered apples. The apples must not hit the ground unless on a tarp, must be clean of leaves and twigs (stems OK), free from rot, few worms, not sprayed with synthetic applications and packed in bushel boxes. Store in a cool place until pressing day, just after Oct. 22. MORP also pays $10 per picked bushel of crabapples. No Red Delicious apples are needed. Email morp@montezumaorchard.org to verify other varieties.To help MORP gauge interest, get your apples juiced for $1.50 to $2 per gallon or have your juice pasteurized and filled into 1.3 gallon juice boxes for $6 that are shelf-stable for up to a year.The mobile juice press now has the health code certification that allows juice boxes to be resold direct or wholesale.
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MORP plans Orchard Social at Outlier Cellars

Fenceline Cider co-owner Neal Wright. The 2018 Orchard Social will be at Outlier Cellars, 141 S. Main St., in Mancos.
An apple on one of the trees at T Lazy T orchard, home of Teal Cider.