Apple cider, sauce, and more at Audubon workshop Sept. 8

Photo submitted to Times Observer Audubon staff member Kim Turner is pressing apples on a small family press at a friend’s farm.

The culmination of apple season is the delicious reward.

You can learn more about products like cider, sauce, and jelly at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Apples All Year Long: Cider, Sauce, and More workshop, 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8.

Cider, both sweet and hard, will be the star of this program, though other products will be included. And don’t be surprised if there are samples of some of these treats.

While most apples do not ripen fully until October, this workshop gives you information to prepare for production. Learn about the tools you will need, apple combinations, and tips for preserving the bounty.

Instructor Al Yelvington’s program will set you up nicely for the October harvest season.

Yelvington is a transplant to the area after retiring from 33 years in the Coast Guard. He started his cider orchard, Happy Dog Farm, outside Russell, to provide juice specifically for hard cider makers. The orchardist is in his second year in the Virginia Tech Online Masters in Agriculture and Life Sciences (OMALS), focusing on pest and weed management. Happy Dog Farm includes a community cider mill that is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Enrollment is limited. The fee for the program is $16, or $12 for Nature Center members. Paid reservations are required by Thursday, Sept. 6, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.

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