This Fall we have partnered with our friends at Crushing Apparel to bring you the latest edition of our annual DC foraged apple cider.However,in order to make it we’re going to need your help! We are looking for foraged apples from the DMV area to make this year’s DC As Fuck Cider, with all proceeds going to the DC Abortion Fund.
Did you know that most of the trees on the median strips of 16th St NW, for example, are actually crab apple trees that have tiny little apples that make the most delicious cider!? Once you start looking, you’ll see apple trees all around you!
What apples work for this cider?
We are looking for ripe apples that are sweet, tannic or acidic. Not apples that are starchy or bland. We will even take the small ornamental crab apples. The small, very tannic, very acidic crab apples (like what you see on the side of the road) actually make great cider!
What should you bring to forage?
The best apples are often foraged from the ground. As a result, you will be doing a lot of bending as well as reaching into the trees. You will likely want to wear gloves, bring a big bucket or container to hold the apples, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen and hydrate! If it’s a tall tree, you might want to consider bringing a broom or something you can use to hit higher up in the tree.
Where can you drop them off?
Our Tasting Room at 711 Kennedy Street NW is open Wednesday-Sunday 11am-9pm/10pm. You can drop off apples any time during service with any of our staff and enjoy a free pour of one of ANXO’s core ciders on draft as a thank you.
Know of a tree but can’t or don’t want to forage yourself?
If the tree is on private property, we need written permission from the owners to grant us access to harvesting the tree. Please email Rachel@ANXOdc.com with that permission along with the address, contact info and photos if possible and we will send a foraging team!
Want to help forage but don’t know where to go?
Email Rachel@ANXOdc.com and we’ll send you with a team to a great foraging spot when the apples are ready! Please note we are not able to provide transportation for this.
What happens to the apples and the sales from the cider that’s made?
Apples will be pressed as they are received by our team. We will have one big pressing day for the public as part of our Happy Trees Festival on Sunday, October 30th, if you want to learn more about the pressing process! All of the apples harvested from this project will be fermented in glass and blended to make a DC As F*ck cider that raises money for the DC Abortion Fund. We believe that it is every person’s right who can get pregnant to have access to safe abortion services. It is a scary time for reproductive health rights, and we want to do our part with the platform we have.