Franklin County Cider Days, November 1-3, 2019
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Join us for CiderDays on the first weekend of November 2023 (November 3rd through 5th)! Here's what we've got in store for your cider tasting, apple eating, and educational pleasure:

4th Annual Wild and Seedling Pomological Exhibition
Apex Orchards
Beaver Pond Distillery
Berkshire Cider Project
The Brewery at Four Star Farms
Cameron's Winery and Cidery
Carr's Ciderhouse
Clarkdale Fruit Farms
Headwater Cider
Meadow Forge Farm
Mill at Shelburne Falls
Muse Cider Bar
New Salem Preserves & Heritage Cider
Pine Hill Orchards
Red Apple Farm
Ryan and Casey/Cold River Package and Market
Scott Farm Orchard
Stone Cellar Cidery
Shelburne Falls Cork
West County Cider


4thAnnualPomologicalExhibition sm4th Annual Wild and Seedling Pomological Exhibition 

Williamsburg Grange Hall
10 Main Street, Williamsburg, MA

Friday, Nov. 3rd, 10 am - 5 pm
More Info 

We want to see YOUR pippins! Join Matt Kaminsky, a.k.a Gnarly Pippins, at the Williamsburg Grange Hall (new venue!!) on Friday November 3rd, to see and taste a showcase of seedling apples (and pears!) from all over the continent. You can submit a handful of fruit from noteworthy wild or seedling apple and pear trees in your area, or simply come to admire the beauty and taste the rainbow! Attendee are encouraged to vote for their favorite submissions in 5 categories. This is a unique opportunity to introduce novel and undocumented varieties of pome fruits to the public. Contribute to an emerging culture of wild fruit & pomology and have your work of fruit exploration featured in Pomological Series Vol. 3, a photographic print publication made from the submissions to this event. For more info on the submission process for participants, click the link above!

Suggested donation by sliding scale $5-$10. Proceeds will benefit the Williamsburg Grange's Historic Building Conservation Fund and publishing costs for 'Pomological Series'. 


Tim and Crew Apex Orchards
Apex Orchards

225 Peckville Road, Shelburne, MA
Saturday Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5, 9 am - 6pm 
Apex Website
Apex on Facebook
Apex on Instagram
413-625-2744

Use caution as you approach this orchard because the scenic views of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire may very well take your breath away. They don’t call it Apex for nothing. The orchard, which has been in Tim Smith’s family since 1828, now includes apples, peaches, nectarines, apricots, quince, pears, Asian pears, blueberries, table grapes and kiwi. 

Aside from fruit, their new 4,000 sq. ft. retail store offers honey products from Smith’s Shelburne Honey Co., maple syrup from the Graves farm in Colrain and the Boyden farm in Conway, Shelburne Cider Vinegar and ciders from Apex, Cabot cheese, Yankee Pastime Farm’s maple cream, Sidehill Farm yogurt and “Just Soap” made in Ashfield. You’ll also find cider doughnuts from Pine Hill Orchard in Colrain.



Beaver Pond Distillery

88 Woodward Rd. Petersham, MA 
Sat, Nov. 5, 11 am- 4 pm and Sun. Nov. 6, 11 am - 3 pm
Beaver Pond Distillery Website
Beaver Pond Distillery Facebook Page
Jerry's cell: 617-930-0936 call or text him!

CiderDays weekend: Tastings, Tours, & Treats! Micro distillery making apple brandy, apricot, cherry, peach and pear eau de vie and plum slivovitz. We use all local and regional fruit to make our distilled spirits. CiderDays weekend - special tastings.



Berkshire Cider Project

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508 State Road, North Adams, MA, (Greylock WORKS mill complex)
Fri, Nov. 3 and Sat, Nov. 4, noon- 7 pm and Sun. Nov. 5, 11 am - 3 pm
Check our website for special CiderDays events.
Berkshire Cider Project Website
Berkshire Cider Project on Facebook
(413) 409-6058

Tasting room open all weekend! Berkshire Cider Project is a new craft cidery focused on dry sparkling ciders. Located in a beautiful mill complex with adjacent café and distillery. Come visit for cider tastings and bottles to-go. Our small tasting room is located within our cidermaking facility.

Berkshire Cider Project opened in July 2020. Our dry ciders start in the orchards and forgotten apple trees across Berkshire country. We combine orchard grown and wild foraged apples with traditional techniques to craft sparkling ciders that are refreshingly complex yet accessible! Our bright labels and tie-dye accessories are inspired by warm Berkshire summers and the modern art at MassMoCA, just down the road. By partnering with orchards across the county we hope to share our deep interest in agricultural development and sustainability. Located at the beautiful Greylock WORKS facility– a former textile mill turned event venue, co-working space and food incubator. An adjacent café, The Break Room, is open for brunch. Follow us @berkshire_cider for special CiderDays announcements!



The Brewery at Four Star Farms

Brewery at Four Star Farm

508 Pine Meadow Rd. Northfield, MA
Saturday, Nov 4, noon - 8 pm; Sunday Nov. 5, noon - 6 pm
Brewery at Four Star Farms Website

The Brewery at Four Star Farms is a brewery located in the midst of the Four Star Farms hop farm. We have a beautiful outdoor space as well as a taproom with views of the scenery around the farm. We also produce our own hard cider. Our cider is a blend of 6 different apple varieties grown by Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. This house cider is a dry New England cider, no added sugar and fermented with a Dry Cider yeast.

Four Star Farms New England Dry Cider
We offer samples, full pours on draft, and cans to go.



Cameron’s Winery and Cidery

Cameronsnew1046 Millers Falls Rd (Route 63), Northfield, MA
Cameron’s Website
Cameron's Facebook Page
Instagram
(413) 225-3420

Cameron’s celebrates everything cider all weekend!

Friday, November 3rd, 7 - 9 pm
Nine Cider Food Pairing Friday Night (call for tickets - (413) 225-3420)

Saturday, November 4th, 11:00a m - 7:00 pm

Sunday, November 5th, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stop by Cameron's for campfires, Adams Donuts, cider dogs, music, and lots of fun activities!



Carr’s Ciderhouse

carrs

Farm Store - 295 River Drive, Hadley, MA
Friday, Nov. 3, 12-5, Saturday, Nov. 4 12-5 pm and Sunday, Nov. 5 12-5 pm.
Also open by appointment: call (413) 336-7363

Carr's Ciderhouse Website
Carr's Ciderhouse on Facebook 
Carr's on Instagram

Come and enjoy our CIDER GARDEN under the chestnut trees! Behind our well stocked Farm Shop filled with all kinds of cider goodies — both alcoholic and non-alcoholic — you can sit down to enjoy a full pour of hard cider, sample our shrubs and other cider goods  all while enjoying a cone of freshly roasted chestnuts.

Preservation Orchard is the home of Carr's Ciderhouse where we practice regenerative agriculture and evolutionary orcharding — low input silvopasture for carbon sequestration, no-spray for avian and pollinator habitat, and traditional and experimental cultivars for pest and disease resistance. All of our hard ciders are wild fermented in our uninsulated press barn over the course of 5-6 months. We find that this slow and low-temperature fermentation reveals depth and complexity in the cider. We press our apples, along with wild foraged apples and forgotten orchard apples, on a century old Mt.Gilead rack and cloth press.

We always look forward to CiderDays weekend and hope you will join us to drink and talk cider. Please see our website or Facebook page for event details, info about parking, and important updates.



Clarkdale Fruit Farms

303 Upper Road, Deerfield, MA
Saturday Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5 from 9 am - 5 pm 
Clarkdale Fruit Farms Website
Clarkdale Fruit Farms Facebook Page
(413) 772-6797

CiderDays Weekend Schedule:

Saturday, Nov. 4:
10:00 am - OESCO cider pressing demo
12:00 noon - Orchard talk and Q & A with Tom and Ben Clark

Sunday, Nov. 5:
Sweet Lucy's  Bakeshop Apple Baking Demo

Fourth-generation family orchard growing high-quality tree fruit since 1915. We farm 45 acres and grow over 50 varieties of apples, including several heirlooms. Our diverse plantings also include pears, peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines, and grapes. We produce our own sweet cider in season, and offer several special blends for holidays in the Fall. Bulk cider for fermenting is available upon request. Find us on fb and Instagram as well.



HeadwaterHeadwater Cider

112 Forget Road, Hawley, MA 
Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 11 am - 4 pm both days
Headwater Cider Website
Headwater Cider on Facebook
(413) 695-6099

Headwater Cider will again be hosting a gathering of Western Mass cidermakers at the orchard on November 4th and 5th from 11 am until 4 pm. We will be pouring small tastes and selling sealed containers for off-premise consumption. There will also be cheese from Grace Hill Farm and Meadowsweet Farm for sale as well as jams, cookies, and apple themed goodies from Billings Brook Farm. Tinky Weisblatt will be here with her cookbooks, too.

Guest Cideries:

Ciders of Spain
Easthampton Cider Project
Ragged Hill Cider Company
Stoneybrook Cider

Cheese Makers:

Grace Hill Farm
Meadowsweet Farm

Tasty Goodies:

Billings Brook Farm

Tasty Recipes:

Tinky Weisblat

Apple Prints and Posters:

Eric Lewandowski, Heirloom Apple (Sunday only)

 



meadowforgefarm revMeadow Forge Farm

267 Colrain Shelburne Rd, Shelburne Falls, MA
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2:00 pm

Join Gordon Meadows at Meadow Forge Farm for a guided walk. See the farm's wildflower habitat and engage in a discussion of meadow creation and its importance for sustainable orcharding. See hugelkulture beds in practice, discuss active water management and its necessity in the face of climate change. Learn some lessons in seedling apple tree cultivation and see trees in various stages of development. 



Mill at Shelburne Falls

49 Conway Street, Shelburne Falls, MA (former Lamson Building)
Saturday, Nov. 4, 12 pm - 6 pm
https://www.themillatshelburnefalls.com/

Gnarly Pippins will host a day of enriching talks, displays, and tastings on orchards, heirloom fruit varieties, and fine cider at Raven Books inside the gorgeous Mill at Shelburne Falls (49 Conway Street, Shelburne Falls, MA).  Join us for the following events! All talks are free and open to the public except for the final session at 5PM, which is a 21+ ticketed session!

12:00 – 12:45 pm: Fruit explorer Sean Williams visits us from Illinois to tell the story of Dearborn Seedling, the an American heritage pear variety nearly lost to the sands of time, miraculously rescued from extinction through his efforts of conservation. Free

1:00 – 1:45 pm Laura Sieger (Maine Heritage Orchard) and Sean Turley (@therighteousrusset) lead a guided, interactive apple tasting of New England’s heritage apple varieties. Taste a lineup of some unusual and rare varieties of apple with two experts in the field. Free

2:00 – 2:45 pm: Andy Brennan (Aaron Burr Ciderworks) shares experiences on cider and perry, fermentation, wild fruit, and life through the lens of his recently published book, Uncultivated, available at the talk. Free

3:00 – 3:45 pm: Matt Kaminsky (Gnarly Pippins) and William Mullan (@pomme_william) discuss their forthcoming book, Pomological Series Vol. 3. Join for a sneak peek of the new book, and Q & A on the subject of seedling apples and archiving new varieties of fruit in their pomological book series. Free

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Join certified Pommeliers™ Tim Powers and cidermaker Casey Simpson for a guided tasting experience and discussion about ciders beyond New England. Sip and compare cider styles from England, France, and Spain while learning about the history, production techniques, and preferred apple varieties unique to each region. 21+, $15 admission. Click here to purchase a ticket

All day at this venue:

  • A condensed display of the 4th Annual Wild and Seedling Pomological Exhibition will be on display in the Raven Books Community Room all day.

  • Prints and posters from Heirloom Apple (https://www.heirloomapple.com/) will be on sale. Meet the artist Eric Lewandowski and get some beautiful apple art!

  • Sapling sale in the parking lot! by Gnarly Pippins ! Buy a new apple tree or two for Fall planting from Gnarly Pippins. Potted trees available from his catalog of unique varieties (http://gnarlypippins.com/varieties) will provide a delicious bounty of different apples for cider, fresh eating, baking, and long keeping. Bring a piece of Cider Days home to plant your orchard!




Muse Cider Bar at Valley View Farm

16 Walpole Road, Haydenville, MA
Sunday, Nov. 5, 12 pm - 6 pm
Website

Check out Muse Ciderbar at Valley View Farm on Sunday, November 5th, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm with orchard-based cider, wine, beer, cocktails, fire pit & food truck!



New Salem Preserves & Heritage Cider

Terry with Cider New Salem

67 South Main St. in New Salem, MA
Parking available in marked areas across from driveway.

Hours of operation:
Saturday Nov. 4 and Sunday Nov. 5, 10 am - 5 pm
New Salem Cider Website
New Salem Cider on Facebook
(617) 634-9392

Saturday:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm — Basic Apple Tree Pruning, with Steve Weisman

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm — Making Mighty Swift Hot Sauce, with Sam Hiersteiner

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm — Tending Backyard Orchards, with Steve Marglin

Local Blacksmith, George Locascio, gives demos and answers questions throughout the day.

Sunday:
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm — Beginning and Advanced Cider Making, with April Woodard

2:15  pm - 3:15pm —  Tasting/evaluation, for Amateur Cider Makers - bring your cider, with April Woodard

​New Salem Preserves & Orchards, long known for rich, sweet cider made from century-old heirloom apple trees, is now in its sixth season offering their own small-batch vintage hard ciders as well as warm German pretzels. Hard cider can be exclusively purchased by the growler or enjoyed by the glass on premises—a 1750 farmstead overlooking orchards, stonewalls and the Quabbin Reservoir, in their Cider Garden or anywhere on the premise with plenty of picnic tables and outdoor seats . Dogs are always welcome and BYO picnics encouraged, as the entire farm is open for guests to wander, explore and of course, enjoy our hard cider. 

 



Pine Hill Orchards

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248 Greenfield Road, Colrain, MA
Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5,  9am - 5pm
Pine Hill Orchard website
Pine Hill Orchards on Facebook
(413) 624-3325

Pruning Workshop with David Shearer and William Shearer - Day/Time TBA

Jim Asbel from Ciders of Spain will be on hand to pour samples of Spanish cider from 10 - 2 on Saturday

Both Days - Special Blend Cider Sale for Cider Days Weekend! We will be offering our fresh-pressed specialty blends for bulk sale! First come first served! And the Farm Store will be open, selling apples, cider, and locally made foods.



Red Apple Farm

455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, MA
Farm Store - Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5, 9 am - 8 pm
Cidery for Pouring and Tasting, Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, November 5, 11 am - 4 pm
Website

Red Apple Farm is that place you can go and spend the day. With a Country Store and pick-your-own apples and blueberries, farm animals for the kids, and a dog-friendly craft beer and hard cider taproom and restaurant called the Brew Barn, it will be difficult to spend just a little time here. Our latest project is the Red Apple Farm Hard Cidery, which we formed in 2018 with the brew folks at Moon Hill Brewing Co. of Gardner, MA. We turned a storeroom into a fermentation room and the room next door into a hard cider tap room. We’ve since built an outdoor deck and rolled out a cider garden in a thicket of pines behind the cidery. The views are beautiful. You can see Wachusett Mountain or just look out over the cider pond, orchards, and blueberry fields. There’s a small stage too, for live music. It’s a stunning place!

Our Cidery pours our very own Hard Cider in traditional and seasonal flavors, as well as non-alcoholic drink options. Our first cider maker, Bill Rose, who passed on the farm to current owners Al and Nancy Rose, was known to keep some scrumpy and some of the better stuff in his basement on the farm, back in the day. He never sold it and didn’t always admit he had it. You might find him walking around the farm, and if so, get him to sign his book “Hard Apple Cider” by William Rose!


Ryan & Casey Liquors/Cold River Package and Market

Ryan & Casey55 Main St., Greenfield, MA
Saturday, Nov. 4, 8 am - 11 pm and Sunday Nov. 5, 10 am - 9 pm

Cold River Package - 31 Main Street (Rt. 2), Charlemont, MA
Sat. 7 am - 10 pm & Sun., 8 am - 8 pm 

Ryan and Casey on Facebook
(413) 775-6585

Bottle shops featuring ciders from Western MA producers, as well as other national and international brands, plus wines, beers, and spirits. There will be samples and discounts on cider and all things apple.



scottFARMScott Farm Orchard

707 Kipling Rd, Dummerston, VT
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, farm market 10 am - 6 pm
Website    
Contact Simon Renaut at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scott Farm has been a working farm since 1791. We grow over 130 varieties of heirloom apples and an array of different pears, plums, peaches, cherries, all sorts of berries and other fruit we find interesting. We are Certified EcoApple® and a Certified B Corp.  



Shelburne Falls Cork

1 Deerfield Avenue #2, Shelburne Falls, MA
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, farm market 10 am - 6 pm
Website    

During CiderDays weekend, be sure to stop by Shelburne Falls Cork, a shop selling local hard ciders, craft beer, and wine from family-owned wineries. Also find local cheese and charcuterie from Massachusetts and Vermont. Cork offers case discounts of 10% for mixed or not mixed cases of hard cider and wine. @shelburne_falls_cork (413) 362-0265



Stone Cellar Cidery

140 Buffington Hill Rd, At the Barn Across the Street
Worthington, MA

Saturday, Nov. 4th, 12 pm - 5 pm
Website

Open Saturday of CiderDays weekend for cider flights and bottle sales.

Stone Cellar Cidery is small farm cidery using a slow fermentation process to produce exceptional, dry ciders from their own apples, local apples and those foraged around the region. In 2017, they began reclaiming an old orchard in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. Stone Cellar's cider is naturally fermented as single apple varietals in glass and stainless steel. They blend to taste before bottling. All of their ciders and wines are without added sulfites but may contain naturally occurring sulfites.



West County Cider

wcc

208 Peckville Rd. Shelburne, MA 
Friday, Nov. 3, 2 - 5pm, and Sat. Nov. 4 and Sun, Nov. 5, 10 am -5 pm
West County Cider Website
(413) 768-9318

Tastings, sales, and cider on tap with special CiderDays hours! Release of the first cider of the 2023 harvest - Crabapple Nouveau. Come visit the oldest running cider house in the country. Come for our legendary ciders while enjoying our hiking trails and picnic grounds with a glorious three-state view. 

West County Cider was started by the Maloney family in 1984 with a commitment to making small-batch ciders with impeccable apples from local orchards. Thirty-nine years later, our family has grown but the tradition continues. We use fine-winemaking techniques and focus on freshness of flavor and total respect for each individual apple variety. Every harvest year represents a new a foray into the possibility of the apple.

Saturday 12:00 - 5:00 - Lucky Lips Oysters at West County Cider — Fresh Oysters and Hard Cider Pop Up at WCC!

Franklin County meets Cape Cod! Lucky Lips Oysters is a family-run oyster farm in Wellfleet on Cape Cod. They are bringing their oyster truck to serve fresh oysters with homemade condiments alongside West County’s finest ciders. 

 

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