Starblossom 2012 Released

We’re happy to report Release Day success!  Thanks to all who came down to taste and buy at our local and absolutely amazing  Trumansburg Farmers’ Market this past Wednesday.  What a beautiful evening; big blue skies, the sounds of the Grady Girls traditional Irish folk musicc (click on that link, trust me you won’t regret it!) coming from the bandstand, the smells of Hazelnut Kitchen’s housemade chorizo sausage and Wide Awake’s fresh baked bread and MacDonald Family’s sauerkraut fritters, wafting through the []

Growing Habitat for Wild Bees

At Redbyrd Orchard, we love wild bees! Wild bees are fantastic pollinators for apples and other tree fruit, in part because wild bees fly in cooler temperatures when honey bees aren’t active, and because, holy cow, the current state of affairs for honey bees is pretty scary and uncertain. Wild bees emerge early in the spring and pollinate apple blossoms even when cooler weather prevails.  This pollination is critical for our apples. We leave unmowed row middles until early summer, allowing wildflowers []

April’s Springtime = JOY!!!!

****An April orchard blog post, brought to you in May…it’s busy here at the orchard~too busy to even make it to the computer in a timely fashion!**** Oh i wish i could take a sound recording of the orchard this morning and post it here for you, but alas, photos will have to suffice.  Birds galore…mocking birds singing through their playlist, woodthrush whistling, redwing blackbirds and robins flying from row to row.  It’s a cacophony of the best kind. Ahhhh, Spring!  Sunshine []

Grilled Cheese and Hard Cider, heck yeah!

Our mouths are watering over here at Redbyrd Orchard Cider…did you know April is Grilled Cheese Month?!!!!  Nothing goes better with a sizzling grilled cheese sandwich than a glass of delicious cider…Really truly, try it and you’ll never look back! Thanks to the beautiful food blog, Tastespotting, you can check out these great grilled cheese recipes and many, many more. Let us know which one you think pairs best with your glass of Redbyrd.  Just click on the photo to find the []

Spring in the Finger Lakes

Here is where we were a year ago today… New trees already in the ground in our new orchard, grass turning green, the skies sunny and the air warm. Last year the daffodils were fully opened to the sun by March 17th… This year though, winter just does not want to let go. Here’s a photo of the new orchard taken just a couple of weeks ago. And we still have to wait a few more weeks before we can even think []

celebrate spring with a REDBYRD spring cider share!!!

Really, truly, it is right around the corner… SPRING! and wouldn’t it be nice to celebrate it’s arrival like this… with a share of Redbyrd Orchard Cider… ah, what could be better?  ummm, not much! Hi there!  2012 was a humdinger of a year for us apple growers in New York.  In fact, it was the hardest year on record for apple production in the state. You can hear Eric here talking about the  affect on the apple industry or read him []

Cider Poetry

In a Glass Of Cider It seemed I was a mite of sediment That waited for the bottom to ferment So i could catch a bubble in ascent. I rode up on one till the bubble burst, And when that left me to sink back reversed I was no worse off than I was at first. I’d catch another bubble if I waited. The thing was to get now and then elated.                                                                                                                                           -Robert Frost 1962  ****This poem makes us smile, and []