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Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Our county, Tompkins County of New York State, has declared today officially Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Our orchards (in Schuyler and in Tompkins County) are both on what is the Cayuga Nation lands of the Haudenosaunee. From the Cayuga Nation: “In the 12th century, the Cayuga Nation, along with the Seneca, Onondaga, Oneida and Mohawk Nations united under the Great Law of Peace to form the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse) Confederacy in order to end inter-tribal fighting and bring a sustainable peace []

Redbyrd Release Party @FingerLakesCiderHouse!!!!

Please join us: April 9th, Saturday 2-5 pm at the Finger Lakes Cider House…. let’s drink some cider, y’all!!!! Our first three releases for this year are showing that even though 2015 was a year of big yield from the orchard, which tends to result in lower concentration and sugars in the fruit, the ciders are showing elegance in the glass. Our Workman Dry highlights apricot and tropical fruit on the nose and bright acidity. The Workman Semi-dry shows aromas of pears []

“Taming” (Grafting) Wild Seedling Apple Trees…

****SCION WOOD of Redbyrd “Wild” Apples **** “Taming” (Grafting) Wild Seedling Apple Trees, propagating new cider varieties…spreading the Love! Wild seedling apple trees grow well around us in New York.  We find them everywhere, in forests shaded by towering hardwoods, in abandoned fields transitioning from cropland to brush, and especially along hedgerows.  Over the years of discovering, collecting, fermenting and grafting these trees it has become more and more apparent that their value is not only a complex component to cider but []