Can this spring get any better? Not for us. We haven’t had too much rain: our soil holds so much moisture that it’s usually a challenge to get into the orchard. No problems with that this spring.
The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota’s Festival of Farms tour was on Saturday, July 12 and one of the folks visiting, Mary Ellen Frame, took some great photos. If you weren’t able to make it, take the tour via her photos: First, we headed out to the orchard where Mike talked about some of our pest management strategies.
The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota sponsors its Festival of Farms tour this Saturday, July 12. This year’s tour will leave from Just Food Co-op in Northfield at 9 am, visit Waxwing Farm for an hour, and then come to the orchard for tours and hard cider samples. If you want to ride the bus […]
February is the real start of an apple-grower’s year because in February, we start pruning. This February, we also made a last-minute decision to go to CiderCon, the annual conference for hard cider makers. Between those two activities and being outside to enjoy our (real) winter every day, there’s no such thing as cabin fever […]
We got to visit two well-known cideries while we were in Ithaca: Bellwether Hard Cider and Eve’s Cidery. The owners of both graciously spent a lot of time with us, telling us about their processes and facilities and helping us plan our next steps. A stop to Bellwether was up first. Bellwether’s a quick jaunt […]
After Mike finished cider school (read about his experience there), I flew out to meet him for a quick weekend of cidery tours. This post is not about those tours, but for good reason — we loooooved Ithaca! The non-cidery part of our visit included a Friday night trip to The Piggery and a Saturday […]
Part four is the final post about Mike’s time at the Cider and Perry Academy. You can also read parts one, two, and three. The last part of cider school was all about blending. Peter Mitchell, the instructor, believes that a good hard cider can be made from any apple whether a dessert variety (like […]
We’re writing about Mike going to Peter Mitchell’s cider school at Cornell University this past December. You can also read Part 1 and Part 2. After the sensory education, Mitchell turned his attention toward teaching us about how to ensure cider quality to avoid the myriad of off flavors that can sully a cider. There were four […]
This series of posts is about Mike’s attendance at cider school this past November. You can also read Part 1 of this series. After a brief period of lecture, Peter Mitchell, the instructor, brought a number of ciders forward for tasting evaluation. The aim of the evaluation was to be able to identify flavors in […]
From December 3rd through the 7th, Mike was at Peter Mitchell’s Cider & Perry Production: Principles & Practice course. Mitchell is a well-known cider maker and consultant from the UK and he usually comes to the states twice a year to teach courses through his Cider & Perry Academy: once on the west coast and once on […]
Throughout January, we’ll be posting details from our December trip to New York: Mike’s trip to “cider school” (as we call it); and our visits to Bellwether Cider and Eve’s Cidery, where we visited their facilities in hopes of learning lessons for our own cidery someday. We are also looking forward to writing something about […]
It’s a tough year for most apple orchards and so good (raw) cider is in short supply. A customer of ours, J Wynia, has done everything you can do with fermented hard cider — including from juice purchased at the grocery store — and so we asked him if he could share his expertise with […]