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posted: 9/23/2011 3:00 PM

Images: Behind the scenes at Kuipers Family Farm

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Alfonso Umana loads the apple washer with apples to be washed and processed into apple cider at Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park.
  Alfonso Umana loads the apple washer with apples to be washed and processed into apple cider at Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Leo Guiterrez extracts the pressings from the grinder to be later used as fertilizer in the orchard.
  Leo Guiterrez extracts the pressings from the grinder to be later used as fertilizer in the orchard.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Manuel Rivera loads a bin of apples into the washer to before being processed into apple cider.
  Manuel Rivera loads a bin of apples into the washer to before being processed into apple cider.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Manuel Rivera brings in a bin of apples to be processed into apple cider.
  Manuel Rivera brings in a bin of apples to be processed into apple cider.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Apples travel up the conveyor into the grinder where the juice is extracted from the apples.
  Apples travel up the conveyor into the grinder where the juice is extracted from the apples.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
After undergoing a pasteurizing process, the cider is then bottled into gallon jugs.
  After undergoing a pasteurizing process, the cider is then bottled into gallon jugs.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Manuel Rivera fills a rack of freshly bottled apple cider to be sold in the store.
  Manuel Rivera fills a rack of freshly bottled apple cider to be sold in the store.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Manuel Rivera brings out another bin of apples to start the apple cider process all over again.
  Manuel Rivera brings out another bin of apples to start the apple cider process all over again.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Manuel Rivera brings in a bin of apples into the cooler to be processed later into apple cider.
  Manuel Rivera brings in a bin of apples into the cooler to be processed later into apple cider.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Apples come flying out of the washer and up a conveyor belt to the grinder where the juice is extracted from the apples.
  Apples come flying out of the washer and up a conveyor belt to the grinder where the juice is extracted from the apples.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer