During CiderDays weekend, participating orchards are generally open both Saturday & Sunday unless otherwise specified (check details below). Here are the orchards and venues involved in CiderDays 2017 (subject to change).
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1. Apex Orchards 153 Peckville Road, Shelburne, 413-625-2744 www.apexorchards.com — Apples, honey, and cider vinegar from the Smith family orchard. Turn right at Peckville Rd, 3.4 miles west of I-91 rotary (exit 26).
2. Artisan Beverage Cooperative 324 Wells Street, Greenfield, www.artbev.coop — Offering tasting of a variety of Green River Ambrosia meads (honey-wine) made from raw, local honey. Tour the facility, try some mead, and watch Cyser ferment! Rt 2 to Federal Street (Rt 5/10), South to Silver St (1st light). Right on Silver, 1 mile to left on Wells Street. The Meadery is located in the Venture Center building. Tastings from 11 - 4 both Saturday and Sunday ($5 - 7 charge).
3. Bear Meadow Farm Cidery 926 Watson-Spruce Corner Rd, Ashfield, 413-628-3970 — After 15 years of practice as home cider makers, Rick and Nancy Intres decided to go commercial in 2013. They debuted at CiderDays 2014 and are happy to welcome visitors at this year’s event. Rick is a lifelong molecular/cell biologist and brings a strong science bent to cider making, but he and Nancy are also traditionalists. New England cider still requires good fruit, quality juice, careful fermentation, and aging in oak casks. Bear Meadow proudly offers their mix of science and craft to CiderDays visitors. 11 - 4 Saturday and Sunday
4. Bear Swamp Orchard, 1209 B Hawley Road Ashfield, 413-625-2849, 413-768-7989 www.bearswamporchard.com — Come enjoy the end of the apple season with tastings of their hard ciders made from their organically grown apples, and tour their new cidery building. They will have hard and sweet cider for sale as well as cider doughnuts, and jams and jellies. Stroll through the hilltop orchard for panoramic views of beautiful western Franklin County; say hi to the chickens and Shetland sheep. Check out their water bladder press, and try out their small hand-powered press for yourself. See their website for more. From Shelburne Falls- Rt. 112 south approx. 6 miles to Apple Valley Rd take right, follow 2.4 miles to Hawley Rd, take right (follow event signs).
5. Cameron's Winery 105 Main Street, Northfield, 413-225-3247 — open Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm for Cider Tastings, by the glass, by the growler. Live Music from 6-830 pm on both nights. Sunday from 12pm to 4pm with live music from 1-4pm. Restaurant is open with savory light fare to pair with the ciders. Gouda Mac and Cheese, Chili, Sausage and Black Bean Stew and a few other yummies.
6. Carr's Ciderhouse - 295 River Drive (Route 47), Hadley, 413-336-7363, www.carrsciderhouse.com — Come visit the fermentation barn and taste Carr's wild-fermented hard ciders, pommeau, cider vinegars, syrups, shrubs, and switchel - some very small batch pantry products will be on hand just for this weekend. Everything will be available for purchase and Carr's will happily give case discounts.
7. Clarkdale Fruit Farms 303 Upper Road, West Deerfield, 413-772-6797 www.clarkdalefruitfarms.com — Tom and Ben Clark grow over 50 varieties of apples, including several heirlooms, on their 100-year-old orchard. They also press sweet cider, and will offer apple and cider samples all day long. The farm stand sells apples, cider, pears, and seasonal products. Rt 2A East from I-91 rotary in Greenfield, turn right at first light onto Newton St. Take next left on Fairview, then left on Munson St. Follow for 1 mile to Farm stand entrance. Look for signs.
8. Deerfield Community Center 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield — Venue for the Sunday tastings. From the I-91 Rotary at Exit 26, take 2A (Greenfield, Main St). Go to 2nd light, turn right (Dunkin Donuts on corner) on River Street, which becomes Mill Street. At the lights at Rt 5-10 (Deerfield Street), turn right and travel for about 2 1/2 miles. Pass first turn for Historic Deerfield and make a right turn onto Memorial Street. Park in Memorial Hall parking lot on right (says 'Teachers' Center' & 'Historic Deerfield'). The Deerfield Community Center is just past that lot on the right, at the intersection with Main Street.
9. Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church Street, corner of Church and Federal Streets, Greenfield, 413-773-3925, www.saintsjamesandandrew.org — the church parish hall is the venue for the Friday night Cider Pub Sing and Dance Café.
10. Green Fields Market 144 Main Street, Greenfield
, and McCusker's Market, 3 State Street, Shelburne Falls, www.franklincommunity.coopfranklincommunity.coop — Tasting of local and regional cheeses 1 - 3 Saturday.
11. Hager's Farm Market 1232 Mohawk Trail (Rt. 2), Shelburne, 413-625-6323 www.hagersfarmmarket.com — Hager’s Farm Market is teaming up with Bear Country 95.3 to host Pumpkin Smash on Saturday! The kitchen will be serving their own grass-fed burgers and sandwiches, numerous local beer, wine and specialty food vendors will be sampling, and they will be serving homemade fried dough with maple cream. Hager’s Farm Market offers fresh local produce, homemade bread and baked goods as well as their own beef and maple products. Bring the family for apple picking! Take Route 2 west from Greenfield. The market will be on the right surrounded by apple trees.
12. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301, 1-413-774-0150, www.hawksandreed.com — venue for the Friday night How to Taste Hard Cider event
13. Headwater Cider Company 112 Forget Road, Hawley; 413-695-6099 www.headwatercider.com — Peter Mitchell will offer tours of his cider mill and orchard on Sunday from 11-4. Take Rte. 112 South, Turn right on Clesson Brook Road, then right on Pond Road. Final right on Forget Road.
14. New Salem Preserves and Orchards 67 S. Main Street, New Salem 978-544-3437, www.newsalempreserves.com — New Salem Preserves and Orchards hosts its Cider and Apple Festival with child-friendly apple pressing. Farm products, along with exhibits from local artisans, will be displayed within the courtyard of the cider mill. You will also have the ever-present breathtaking view of the Quabbin Reservoir and beyond. FREE Workshops offered:
Saturday 1:00-2:00 — Basic Apple Tree Pruning with Steve Weisman
Saturday 2:30-3:30 — Tending Backyard Apple Trees with Steve Lanphear
Sunday 11:00 - 12:00 — Learn to Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar, Health Tonics and Herbal Oxymels with Laura Ketteringham and Curt Sherrer
Sunday 12:00 - 1:00 — Culinary Uses of Cider Syrup: A natural, versatile sweetener, with Terry McCue
Sunday 1:00 - 2:30 — Home Hard Cider Makers Workshop; Make & Taste with April Woodard — Bring your own hard cider for a group tasting/discussion and also watch a demonstration of how to make your own.
Sunday 3:00 - 4:00 — Lost Apples of the Quabbin - Matt Kaminsky (as co-explorer with Al Sax) presents a slide show and talk about his ongoing living heritage orchard exploration and its unearthed apple mysteries of the Quabbin Region.
From Rt. 2 (Exit 16), take Rt. 202 South to New Salem Center (about 7 miles). At blinking light turn left onto S. Main Street. Follow apple signs.
15. Pine Hill Orchards Rt. 112, Colrain, 413-624-3325 Pine Hill on Facebook While at the orchard, stop for breakfast, lunch or apple pie a la mode in the orchard restaurant. The press will be going as usual. From Greenfield (exit 26 off Rt. 91) go west 3.7 mi. on Rt. 2 West. Turn right at Colrain Shelburne Road. Ahead 3 mi. Starting from Shelburne Falls: 6.5mi on Rt 112 North. Right at Greenfield Rd, 2.2 mi.
16. Ryan and Casey Liquors 55 Main Street, Greenfield, 413-772-6585 www.ryanandcaseyliquors.com Ryan and Casey is home to the most diverse selection of fine wines, champagnes, ciders and domestic, imported, and craft-brewed beers in our area. Peter White and the White family take great pride in Ryan and Casey Liquors, and Manager Kristie Faufaw is one of the most experienced, educated professionals in our industry. On Saturday from 12 - 3, Ryan and Casey will be offering a tasting of a wide variety of commercial ciders and calvados.
17. Shelburne-Buckland Community Center 53 Main Street, Shelburne Falls. Venue for CiderDays Sunday workshops. From I-91 (exit 26), take Rt. 2 West to South Maple Street. Turn left onto Bridge Street and take a right onto Main Street. The Community Center is in a former church on the right side of the street; look for signs.
18. Tip Top Orchard Upper Buckland, An heirloom orchard, site of the Mulled Cider, Hard Cider, and Heirloom Apple Orchard Tour, Saturday afternoon (noon – 2 pm). Enjoy sweet mulled cider by the fire, grab a pint of Artifact Cider (hard cider), then get a tour of Tip Top Orchard to learn about their rare and unusual apple varieties, all at one of the most beautiful orchards in the state containing well over 200 cultivars on about 100 trees. Originally planted by Lu and Sue Chadwick, the orchard remains a veritable library of grafted heritage apples. From route 2, head south on 112. Turn right on Upper St, then right again on Charlemont Road. Take your first left onto Avery Road and head all the way up and over the mountain. Parking is located at the corner of Shepard Road and Avery Road.
19. Unity Park, 56 First Street, Turners Falls — venue for the Saturday Cider Salons (under the big tent).
20. West County Cider 208 Peckville Road, Shelburne www.westcountycider.com — Judith and Field Maloney offer a wide range hard ciders made from traditional American and European cider varieties grown at the Catamount Hill Orchard, as well as apples from local orchards. From 1-91, take Exit 26, Rt. 2 west for 3.4 miles. Turn right at Peckville Rd, pass Apex and continue on up the hill. 10 - 4 Saturday and Sunday.
21. Wheel-View Farm 212 Reynolds Road, Shelburne, 413-625-2900, www.wheelviewfarm.com — Farm Store/Farm Museum/Tasting Room open both days with free hard cider tastings. They will also have their own fresh raw cider, apples, and cider syrups, plus grass-fed beef, maple syrup and maple cream and other goodies. People can relax on the patio and enjoy the gorgeous view with a glass of hard or fresh cider or a maple spritzer for the young folks or those who don't want alcohol. Open 10-5 each day. From Route 2 turn onto Little Mohawk Road. Go 3 miles and then turn left onto Reynolds Road to the farm. From Colrain-Shelburne Road take Coombs Hill Road 1.5 miles to Reynolds Road and turn right to the farm.
22. Quonquont Farm 9 North Street, Whately, 413-575-4680, quonquont.com — Special Nature Walk—"Wild About Fruit!" You're not the only one who likes apples—bears, coyotes, deer, foxes, opossums, birds and beavers do, too. Join Quonquont naturalists to learn about the many wild animals that enjoy farmed and native fruits. We'll visit the Quonquont beaver ponds and learn what's on their menu this time of year. For adults and kids at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Farmstand will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for apples, cider, donuts, honey, syrup and other local treats. Apple crafts all day for all ages!