Interested in Growing Apples? Holistic Organic Orchard Classes Offered

Join us, along with a handful of New York State’s finest apple growers and cidermakers, as we get down to the real grit of apple growing! We’re proud to be a part of this wonderful team of teachers… Groundswell is honored to be working with an outstanding group of orchardists who have designed the course. They will be teaching and hosting these hands-on sessions at orchards around the Tompkins County area. This is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the []

Double Dog Timberworks & Redbyrd to Offer Build Your Own Cider Press Workshop!

Imagine the amazing autumn pressing parties you’ll be able to host.  Kids running around kicking leaves, adults getting to laugh and drink and work hard together making something delicious, maybe even a small bonfire in the background.  Ahhhh, now that’s community! that’s cider!  and all that could be yours… Our good friend, Maria Klemperer-Johnson, a local builder, teacher, and soon to be orchardist, approached us late this summer with a fantastic idea~~~~let’s create a cider press kit, easy to assemble and offer []

FLX Cider Week Begins!!! Oct. 4-13

Come celebrate cider with us!!!!!  Oct. 4 Friday~ Cider Week Kick Off  at The Cellar d’Or, 4-6 pm Oct. 8 Tuesday~ Madeline’s Cider Paired Dinner, 6pm Oct. 8 Tuesday ~ Hazelnut’s Redbyrd Pairings Dinner, 6:30pm *soldout Oct. 9 Wednesday ~ Tburg Farmers’ Market Cider Salon, 4-7pm Oct. 10 Thursday~ Cider Talk with Eric at Ullyses Philomathic Library, 7-8pm Oct, 12 Saturday ~ Gifts of the Apple with Good Life Farm, 3-7pm Lots more events throughout the week… Check it all out at []

Get Your Tickets Now for Healthy Food For All Benefit Dinner

Join us in dining for a fantastic cause, raising money to provide CSA shares for low-income families!! We’re proud to partner with Hosmer Winery, Word of Mouth Catering, Sweetland Farm, and of course, Healthy Food For All,  to present a lovely evening … WHEN: Saturday, September 28th 2013. 4pm Reception. 5pm Dinner. WHERE: Sweet Land Farm, Trumansburg NY CHEF: Word of Mouth WINERY & CIDERY: Hosmer Winery and Redbryd Orchard Cider MUSIC: Jen Cork and the Good Hope (Original bluesy folk jazz with Jen Cork []

The Poetics of Fruit Thinning

It’s hard, but somebody’s got to do it!  Oh how easy it would be to let all those gorgeous fruitlets grow to fruition, smile smile.  They look so beautiful and full of potential.  It seems to go against nature in a certain sense to not let them fulfill their destiny, but alas…we are growing for great, intensely flavorful, and optimally healthy fruit.  Which means, with deep regret and the sincerest of apologies , not all them apples are meant to make it.  []

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 []