Posts by Sofia Payson

Resilience: Good Life Farm and The Finger Lakes Cider House

Melissa Madden and Garrett Miller of Good Life Farm/Good Life Cider and Finger Lakes Cider House have gone beyond sustainability and learned regeneration, that which can renew during changing times—certainly a relevant message for 2017. Cider Culture interviewed Melissa to discover the answer to a simple question: what is the Good Life? Good Life Farm: Permaculture and Resilience Permaculture…

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Deck the Halls with Bottles of Cider: A Few New Maine Cideries

In Maine, winter comes sooner and lasts longer. For these three Maine cideries, finding ways of making merry all year long involves working hard to put comfort and joy into a bottle. Cider Culture interviewed these small-scale cider makers and learned what goes into producing cider that showcases “The Pine Tree State.” Kennebec Cider Founded in…

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Salt of the Earth: An Interview with Courthouse Creek Cider

Liza and Eric Cioffi of Courthouse Creek Cider make their cider with heart, courage and a wholesome mindset. From the time they started planning their agribusiness in 2012, they knew their value was in their family, and hard work meant great reward. Cider Culture recently had the opportunity to interview Eric, and his passion for cider, family…

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Biodynamic Cider: The Other Organic

Nestled between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in Central New York, Redbyrd Orchard is tended to with an earthy mindfulness by Eric Shatt and Deva Maas. For them, the process of cider making is an expression of life. Eric and Deva use the modern practice of biodynamics as a way to farm organically and holistically. In 1920s Austria, biodynamics was…

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Take a Walk on the Wild Cide-r: An Introduction to Wild Apples

When you stare deeply into your glass of cider and wonder why it tastes so good, the McIntoshes, Golden Deliciouses and others you savor were probably genetic accidents discovered by a farmers on their properties. The appeal in color and flavor is why they were cloned over the generations. But pre-cultivation, they were very wild.…

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Try This Now: Fresh Cider and Basil Cantaloupe Dessert Recipe

In the heat of BBQ season, this digestif disguised as a dessert sweetly refreshes your post-picnic belly. First created at Civil War Cider Co., this recipe is a nice finish to a Sunday sausage lunch or a grilled chicken dinner. Evaporating the alcohol off a dry cider leaves behind the full flavors and allows for a…

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Heirloom, Cider, Wild & More: A Case for Apples

If you know a little about apples, you may be familiar with descriptors such as heirloom, cider, cooking, wild or dessert. But what’s in a name? Would an apple by any other name still taste as sweet? Nope. The flavors of this remarkable pome, let alone the colors, are so wonderfully varied that we might…

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3 Cider Cocktail Recipes to Shake Up Your Spring

Forget cocktail hour, it’s cocktail season. Mixing cider into cocktails is a method that has followed the history of the beverage. Now that cider is reentering the mixology scene, we’re here to help spring it forward with some fresh new takes on cocktails that are perfect for the change of season. We consulted with Portland,…

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Far From The Tree: Deep Roots, New Growth

Just down the road from an ancient English castle, Al Snape started experimenting with cider from an “abandoned apple orchard on a thousand-year-old priory.” Not many Americans can claim this scene as their backyard, let alone say that it is where they started making cider. Launching their business in Salem, Massachusetts, Far From The Tree…

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