The American Culture class had an interesting visit to Sentinel Farm in Belchertown on Monday, September 29.
Students first watched owners Steve and Meg Lanphear grind, press, and then filter apples and their juice to make apple cider.
Steve explained the processes for integrated pest management, gathering and storing the apples, and then helped students choose the varieties they might enjoy for eating.
After picking their own apples, students returned to the shed and got to taste the cider.
Meg had pasteurized one batch and left the other unpasteurized so that students could taste the difference.
Ultimately, no one could really distinguish between the two batches.
The class will soon visit a pumpkin patch.