So after reading some of Dave’s (dmtaylo2) posts, I decided that I really want to try my hand at making cider from fresh pressed fruit. However, that being said, I am too cheap to go buy a ton of apples. I remembered that my neighbor used to have an apple tree in her front yard that she did not harvest the fruit from (she cut it down last year unfortunately). This gave me the idea that there are likely lots of people in the area that have apple/pear trees but do not harvest the fruit. So I have posted to the local FreeCycle forum to find such people and hope to barter with them for their fruit.
Has anyone here done anything like this? If so, any success?
What should I look for in the types fruit? Anything I should watch out for?
Obviously the harvest is still several months away, but this way I can plan it out way ahead. I also realize that if I do find some good sweet apples I may need to incorporate some bitter/sour apples, but again, I have plenty of time to plan for this.
Any feedback welcome! Thanks!