Earlier this month, Agricultural Resources Commissioner Scott Soares skied down a Wachusett Mountain slope to see the recently-refurbished Bullock Lodge Cider House located on the lower mountain and accessible by advanced and intermediate skiers (or you can hike up). It was a perfect spring-like day to visit this beautiful lodge and savor the great tastes of hot and cold apple cider, hot apple dumplings, cider donuts and an assortment of other local specialty items.
Senator Stephen Brewer was on hand to present a State Senate Proclamation to the owners of Red Apple Farm of Phillipston, a multi-generational family farm now run by Al and Nancy Rose. Both Al and Nancy are on the mountain almost every day baking and serving these wonderful local specialties. Another multi-generational family to help with the Bullock Lodge initiative was the Crowley family, owners of Polar Beverages in Worcester. They worked with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to get approvals to house Red Apple in the lodge that had been unused for years.
Representative Ann Gobi, Commissioner Soares, along with DCR State Parks Director Priscilla Geigis and DCR Wachusett Mountain Park Supervisor Denise Morrissey sipped cider and talked about the site that brings agritourism and the great outdoors together.