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2013 was a banner year for apples in New England and even the old, long-neglected trees at the Thomson farm in Western Massachusetts got caught up in the frenzy.

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Peter Thomson

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    2013 was a banner year for apples in New England and even the old, long-neglected trees at the Thomson farm in Western Massachusetts got caught up in the frenzy.

    Credit:

    Peter Thomson

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    A representative sample of the year’s crop, from an old Cortland tree.

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    Peter Thomson

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    Picking in a remnant of one of the farm’s old orchards, no ladder necessary.

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    Peter Thomson

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    One of many.

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    Peter Thomson

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    The grinder was a kid favorite. It ground up the apples into an oatmeal-like mush.

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    Peter Thomson

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    Here the mush went into the cider press.

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    Peter Thomson

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    Then the press squeezes out the cider.

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    Peter Thomson

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    The first three of more than 100 gallons.

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    Peter Thomson

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    A refreshing treat after a hard day’s work.

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    Peter Thomson