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Autumn means frost and apple cider time for Herb and Linda Bohrer and friends

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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The last few days we have had cold weather. It has frosted and set the sugar in the apples. Have you ever tasted fresh pressed apple cider? Well, this is the time of year to make it.

Herb and Linda Bohrer of Springfield wait until after the first frost to make their apple cider. Friends and family drop by to pick apples but if they are lucky they will pick the day they will be making apple cider. The apple cider is a mix of Jonathan, Wealthy and Macintosh apples. They have been making cider from their apples for many, many years, according to Linda.

Herb and Linda Bohrer moved back to her hometown around 1980. The apple trees on their property were already in place and are almost 100 years old, just like the town of Springfield.

Herb served in the Navy, retiring after 21 years of service. He then worked at INL while he and Linda raised their three sons. Linda felt privileged that she could stay at home and be with her boys during their growing up years. After Herb retired from INL, he continues to do consulting work and be on the Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) for INL. He also stays busy as Chairman of the Aberdeen School District Board of Trustees. This is the second time he has been chairman of the school board. He feels strongly about education and giving back to the community.

Linda and Herb together have served the Springfield Community as sextons for the Springfield Cemetery. They also were co-chairman for the centennial celebration for Springfield and the playground drive for Springfield.

Working together they have accomplished many things. They also have their own hobbies. Linda likes to read, but Herb's is a little bit different.

He collects old farm equipment and restores them to their original condition. This may include some mechanical work, painting and finding missing parts. His first restoration was a tractor similar to the one he used to ride on with his father. The one thing they really enjoy is visiting with their sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren, which number now at ten.

When making the cider, they use a press that squeezes the juice from the apples. At first, the presses worked by hand with a crank, but Herb refined the process by attaching a motor to the press making the process easier. They sort the windfall apples, wash and cut off bruised parts. They are then put into the press and squeezed. They had a whole trailer full of apples and many helping hands. When they first started the process, they just made a few gallons to share with friends and fam ily. This year, they topped one hundred and twenty gallons of cider. The process took about six hours to complete from start to finish. There is very little waste because they take the pulp (leftovers) from the cider and give it to Alden and Muriel Judge for their pigs.

SanJuana Perez is a mainstay at the Bohrer home helping where ever is needed. She provided refreshments for those who came and helped make the cider. She also saves the bottles for the cider year round enabling the cider to be bottled as soon as it is pressed.



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Original Publication Date: October 9, 2013



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