|We'd noticed Willie Smith's Cider House and Apple Shed several times as we drove through Huonville since our arrival on January 16th. After researching online, we were determined to visit The Apple Shed as soon as possible.|
|Andrew and Ian Smith, father and son and innovative owners/managers of Willie Smith Organic Apple Cider and Apple Shed, including restaurant, cider shop and museum. (Not our photo).|
Today's story goes well beyond the scope of a typical apple farm, shipping their apples regionally and to various parts of the world for commercial and retail processing and sales.
|Willie Smith's cider menu.|
Willie Smith's Organic Apple Cider, The Apple Shed, the restaurant and museum offers a wide range of delectable and enticing products, services and consumer delights to whet the appetite of the most enthusiastic apple cider aficionado, diner or history buff. Willie Smith's has it all.
|Antique apple sorting machine.|
|A tremendous boon and unique aspect to cider making is a result of Willie Smith's Organic Apple Cider's dedication and emphasis on organic farming.|
|Current menus in The Apple Shed where we'll dine next month.|
|Many products are offered for sale in the shop including apple cider, apple and cherry based products, a wide array of condiments and teas. The shop is perfect for purchasing gifts for all occasions.|
|Photo of Andrew's great grandfather Willie Smith, attached to a pallet of apples in cardboard, appropriate for shipping.|
|Scene in the Willie Smith's Apple Shed Museum where we met with owner Andrew Smith for an interesting and informative discussion.|
|Antique cider making equipment.|
"We choose organic because we believe that making things the traditional way, with more care and less of the artificial bad stuff, is better for you and better for Tassie.
A study conducted by the French Agency for Food Safety concluded that organic plant products:
- contain more dry matter and are therefore more nutrient dense
- have higher levels of minerals
- contain more anti-oxidants, such as phenols and salicylic acid (known to protect against cancers, heart disease and many other health problems)
|Antique apple hauling truck located in the museum.|
|Apple varieties on display in The Apple Shed.|
From their website:
"Our still was commissioned in April 2016 and is located at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed. It is the first alembic copper still in Australia purpose-built for making apple brandy. We think being able to produce apple spirits from the ‘Apple Isle’ is a welcome addition to the already very exciting Tasmanian distilling scene."
|Beautiful display of the copper distillery equipment.|
|Antique apple processing machine.|
|Andrew explained that William and Elsie Smith were his great grandparents as shown on this sign in the museum. Zoom in for details.|
|A variety of apple processing tools.|
We couldn't have been more thrilled to learn of the innovative concepts that have been implemented over the years with the passion and commitment to excellence that has been perpetuated in every element of the business.
|Grab a case or bottle of apple cider to go!|
|The fascinating display of antique apple processing equipment warrant a visit to the Apple Shed Museum, home of Willie Smith's cider, along with the opportunity for a fine meal and perusal of the shop.|
|Cider display where the customer can purchase a glass bottles to return for refills. Excellent idea!|
|An antique hand cranked apple processing machine.|
|No chemicals are used in the today's organic farming of apples and cherries on Willie Smith's farm.|
Next time you bite into a cold crispy apple, think of Willie Smith! Thanks for stopping by today and we look forward to "seeing you" again tomorrow!
|Cherries are also farmed at Willie Smith's farm and both apple and cheery products are available along with many other products.|
Photo from one year ago today, January 23, 2016:
|It had rained for the first several days after we arrived in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Upon the first sunny day, we stumbled upon this view. We were both mesmerized by the beauty of Mount Taranaki. (We were located in the Taranaki region of New Zealand). The trek up this mountain may be dangerous, which we'd heard aboard the ship, as per this link.|
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