Orchard-to-Bottle: Growing and Making Heritage Cider
The first apple trees were planted at Hicks Orchard, about 200 miles north of New York City, in the 1880s. Since, then multiple generations have grown apples, pears, cherries and plums to sell directly to visitors on the farm. In 2005, Slyboro Cider House was established at the farm, and its heritage ciders are becoming more widely available thanks to online seller Cider in Love. In this episode, host Lisa Held talks to cider maker Dan Wilson about the process of cider making, including growing and fermenting fruit, how farm practices affect the final product, and how cider is boosting New York’s farm economy.
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