Cider Squeeze - 1

We went again this year to the Cider Squeeze at Philip Foster Farm. This is a really sweet gathering and living history demonstration celebrating the harvest as well as a number of real life activities of pioneer folks. Philip Foster was one of Oregon's earliest settlers. He played an important part in Oregon's early history, serving as the first Treasurer of the Provisional Government in 1844 and 1845. Foster was also an entrepreneur, partnering with Sam Barlow in constructing the Barlow Road in 1846, operating a store in Oregon City, and founding a flour mill and cattle company. He bought a 640-acre land-claim in Eagle Creek in 1847, which he developed for the arrival of emigrants traveling the Barlow Road, the "last leg" overland segment of the Oregon Trail. He cleared land, planted crops and orchards, built a house and a store, as well as constructing a lumber mill and gristmill. The Foster place became a welcome sight for pioneers struggling over the shoulder of Mt. Hood after their 2,000-mile journey from Missouri. With the store, cabins to rent and meals offered to the emigrants, Foster's Place was indeed the First Destination Resort in the Oregon Territory.

We go to press our own tasty cider and for Naiya to be able to watch and participate in some good old fashioned, wholesome work and fun. In addition to visiting the historical buildings on site, there are all manner of outdoor farming activities as well as hand clothes washing, butter churning, open fire cooking and great live fiddle playing. My favorite new discovery this year was biscuit making on an open fire. It was just using sticky bread dough wrapped around the end of a stick. We roasted it on coals like a marshmallow and filled the hole with freshly churned butter. I would love to try this on our next camping trip. What a great alternative to the sugary sweet terribleness of the s'more!