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 []

prune. drink. repeat.

Pruning is my favorite orchard chore.  It is truly art, sculpting of the tree. To promote fruitful wood, renew old branches, shape the tree for good sunlight and airflow.  Apples and leaves will surround these trees this summer but for now they are mere skeletons.  The air is crisp and the cider, fresh and cold.

REDBYRD + GOOD LIFE FARM = THE ULTIMATE SPRING CSA SHARE

How cool would it be if there were dry cider waiting for you at your weekly vegetable CSA pick-up? Sign up for Good Life Farm’s Spring CSA and you can easily add a Redbyrd Orchard Cider Share. The Good Life/Redbyrd joint CSA runs from March 21- May 30 and can be picked up at Good Life Farm in Interlaken or in Ithaca at the Piggery. First, choose between our 2012 Workman’s Dry Cider or the 2012 Workman’s Semi-Dry. Next, select your preferred quantity: Six liter keg []