Photos from July’s Farm Tour

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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.

No Cabin Fever Here!

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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 […]

Ithaca is Gorges

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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 […]

Report from NY: Cider School (Part 3)

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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 […]

Report from NY: Cider School

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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 […]