Q&A with Lakeside Farms’ Rich Pearce

For our regular Capital Region Q&A feature, we ask local people questions about themselves, their jobs and the place we call home. Today’s subject is Rich Pearce, whose family has owned Lakeside Farms, a cider mill, market, restaurant and gift shop in Ballston Lake, since its 1948 founding. Today, three generations of Pearce family members, relatives and friends work there. Pearce, 47, lives in Ballston Lake about a tenth of a mile from the store. Answers have been minimally edited for space and clarity.

Q: It’s October, which means cider season. How much cider do you make?

A: About 1,000-plus gallons a week.

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