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James Polacek-Smith, 10, from Mastic Beach, checks out (Credit: Barbara Alper)

James Polacek-Smith, 10, from Mastic Beach, checks out a gallon of fresh cider before his grandmother buys it at Richters Orchard in Northport. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Long Island cider mills

It's prime time at Jericho Cider Mill and other spots on Long Island that make their own cider.

The Jericho Cider Mill on Route 106 in
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The Jericho Cider Mill on Route 106 in Jericho sells several varieties of local and regional apples as well as fresh-pressed cider, which is made on-site. (Nov. 13, 2013)

Owner George Zulkofske (left) with his friend, Artie
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Owner George Zulkofske (left) with his friend, Artie Kroll at the Jericho Cider Mill and farm stand in Jericho. (Nov. 13, 2013)

Leon Abramson, 88, of Great Neck, browses the
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Leon Abramson, 88, of Great Neck, browses the selection of fresh apples at the Jericho Cider Mill in Jericho. (Nov. 13, 2013)

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Jericho Cider Mill owner George Zulkofske has been
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Jericho Cider Mill owner George Zulkofske has been making fresh cider at his mill and farm stand for more than 40 years. (Nov. 13, 2013)

A customer picks out a bunch of fresh
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A customer picks out a bunch of fresh local apples at the Jericho Cider Mill in Jericho. (Nov. 13, 2013)

A selection of fresh apple pies and other
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A selection of fresh apple pies and other baked goods are sold at the Jericho Cider Mill in Jericho. (Nov. 13, 2013)

Michele Gervat from Northport and her friend Linda
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Michele Gervat from Northport and her friend Linda Every, visiting from South Carolina, pick up a couple of gallons of cider at Richters Orchard in Northport. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Richters Orchard in Northport is one of the
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Richters Orchard in Northport is one of the few remaining spots that still makes its own fresh cider. (Nov. 9, 2013)

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Richters Orchard in Northport makes fresh apple cider
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Richters Orchard in Northport makes fresh apple cider using a blend of five varieties of apples grown on its 23-acre orchard. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Andy Amsler, one of the owners of Richters
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Andy Amsler, one of the owners of Richters Orchard in Northport, discusses the differences in apple varieties with a customer. (Nov. 9, 2013)

James Polacek-Smith, 10, from Mastic Beach, checks out
(Credit: Barbara Alper)

James Polacek-Smith, 10, from Mastic Beach, checks out a gallon of fresh cider before his grandmother buys it at Richters Orchard in Northport. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Andy Amsler, one of the owners of Richters
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Andy Amsler, one of the owners of Richters Orchard in Northport, explains the pasteurizing machine to Helen Cerinamo of Commack and her grandson, James Polacek-Smith, 10, of Mastic Beach. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Several varieties of apples are grown at Richters
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Several varieties of apples are grown at Richters Orchard in Northport. The farm was founded in 1900 and sells fresh-pressed cider by the gallon in its old barn. (Nov. 9, 2013)

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