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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 []

Heading to StumpSprouts!

Tomorrow we head for the Berkshires, Stump Sprouts to be exact, for the annual meeting of Holistic Orchardists.  Organized by Michael Phillips, author of “The Apple Grower, a guide for the organic orchardist“, this is an amazing two days of roundtable discussions on healthy orchard care.  We feel honored to be a part of the discussion and grateful to all participants for how much we walk away with at the end of the visit.  Michael has been do amazing work to further []

How our picking crates are built…beautiful!

   Hamlin Sawmill’s founder building an apple crate on machine he created. An artisan at his finest, and yes, that classical music really was playing in his workroom when i came to pick up our pallet of crates. Best crates made in the U.S. http://www.onebushelcrate.com Last year, in late summer I headed up to Hamlin, NY to pick up a pallet load of apple picking crates. It was a beautiful and long drive, nice to have some quiet space for the thoughts []