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Apple Growers Look to Add Hard Cider Crop

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Several entrepreneurs are planning on fermenting apples in Henderson County into hard cider for those thirsting for the drink.

The Hendersonville Times-News reports apple growers are looking forward to sourcing their crop to a growing craft beverage market.

In one example, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard on Chestnut Gap Road has already produced 1,000 gallons of fermented cider using apples pressed by local farmer Wayne Barnwell.  They tell the Times-News they plan to increase production to 3,000 gallons next year.

Noble Cider of Asheville is already sourcing its apples from county orchards.  One of the co-owners tells the Times-News the company bought 640 bushels of Henderson County apples last year, which produced 2,000 gallons of its kegged Summer Blend.

They say they hope to increase their yield to 10,000 gallons. 

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