Photos by Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
                                Greg Giuliani outside of his home, ready to press apples for the season.

Photos by Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo Greg Giuliani outside of his home, ready to press apples for the season.

Cider making is in season

Fall City native discusses his passion for apples.

It was a cool Thursday morning and Greg Giuliani had boxes of apples laid out, ready for pressing.

The variety of apples were all different. In some boxes, Giuliani had picked apples for cider and in others, apples had been picked for hard cider.

Growing up on a farm in Fall City, Giuliani said he had access to varieties of apples that were not available in store.

“I wanted access to those varieties,”he said.

In 1997, Giuliani joined the Seattle Tree Fruit Society — a nonprofit educational organization for home orchardists and fruit culture hobbyists — where he learned how to graft trees. By 2000, Giuliani said he had established his own orchard.

“I was able to recreate some of the apples I grew up with,” he said. “You can’t buy them anywhere else.”

Before he knew it, Giuliani said his orchard was producing more apples than he could eat. The solution was to make fresh cider and eventually hard cider.

Giuliani uses a custom-designed Corell cider press to press his apples. According to Giuliani, the press machine is known for its wood construction. Ready to press, Giuliani flipped a switch on and began placing the apples inside a grinder.

“It’s good to get a variety of apples in there,” he said as he maneuvered the press.

The apples spun around in the grinder and pulped the apples into a basket. Once full, Giuliani took the basket and started the press.

Giuliani usually presses three times a year. Depending on the pollination of the trees, Giuliani said he will press around mid-August, September and October. In October, Giuliani can be found demonstrating the pressing process at Carnation Farms’ Harvest Fest.

Aside from apples, Giuliani also grows pears and plums. His fruit is grown using organic methods and he hopes to sell his unique apples to the public at some point.

“[This] is kind of a lifestyle now. I’d say it’s a hobby,” Giuliani said. “It’s an important part of who I am… It’s part of my purpose.”

Greg Giuliani picks apples from his orchard to make cider. Giuliani’s apples are all special variations of apples. Giuliani grafted his trees to produce unique apple variations.

Greg Giuliani picks apples from his orchard to make cider. Giuliani’s apples are all special variations of apples. Giuliani grafted his trees to produce unique apple variations.

Greg Giuliani picks apples from his orchard to make cider. Giuliani’s apples are all special variations of apples. Giuliani grafted his trees to produce unique apple variations.

Greg Giuliani uses a custom-designed cider press to make his cider. Giuliani will demonstrate the process at Carnation Farms’ Harvest Fest in October.

Greg Giuliani uses a custom-designed cider press to make his cider. Giuliani will demonstrate the process at Carnation Farms’ Harvest Fest in October.

More in Life

Erin Wakefield
Recognizing the value of veterans

A monthly column from Waste Management.

Raffle proceeds to benefit family of veteran who died in crane collapse

This year’s Mother Brundage raffle will benefit Andrew Yoder’s family.

Chamber proposes website to boost tourism in Valley

Three-phase project is called Gateway to the Cascades.

The Nightmare at Beaver Lake runs through Oct. 31. Take a scary stroll through Beaver Lake Park, 2600 244th Ave. SE, Sammamish. Courtesy image
Nightmare at Beaver Lake continues through Oct. 31

The Nightmare at Beaver Lake is back. Experience one of the Northwest’s… Continue reading

What happiness, etiquette, mindfulness have in common

A monthly column about mindfulness and mental wellbeing.

Photos by Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
                                Greg Giuliani outside of his home, ready to press apples for the season.
Cider making is in season

Fall City native discusses his passion for apples.

The Refuge Outdoor Festival returns for a second year to Tolt-MacDonald Park, Sept. 27-29. Photo courtesy of Sally Phnouk
Refuge Outdoor Festival returns for a second year

The festival will take place at Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation, Sept. 27-29.

Libraries are welcoming spaces for everyone | Book Nook

A monthly column from the King County Library System.

Zucchini anyone? Plan now to turn garden overflow into meals

A monthly column by Waste Management for the Valley Record.

Photo courtesy of Snoqualmie Valley Block Party Facebook
                                The Snoqualmie Valley Block Party returns to the Valley Sept. 14.
Snoqualmie Valley Block Party returns Sept. 14

The Block Party will be located at Center Blvd SE in Snoqualmie from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Through the Little Free Children’s Library, millions of books are exchanged annually. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Girl Scout Troop installs Little Free Children’s Library

Girl Scout Troop 41637 use cookie sale funds to install a free library.