Our Cider Orchard
Our high-density apple orchard — 1,200 trees per acre — is planted on dwarfing rootstocks and trellised for support. Spacing is 3 feet between trees and 12 feet between rows. Some cider traditionalists will tell you that an intense orchard is not well-suited to cider. Nonsense. We manage our trees with minimal nitrogen inputs, and have allowed them to grow slowly in the orchard. All of our later-ripening varieties perform well in low-and-slow fermentation formats like keeving.
We grow over 50 varieties of old apples. These apples offer cidermakers the antithesis of the dull and insipid, much less additive-flavored cider (often in cans) that has become so widespread recently. Taste the difference and see for yourself.