We 😍 our cider apple growers
Our growers mean the world to us. Our greatest pleasure is working with the extraordinary apples we have in our region and the people who grow them. We work with the same growers year after year in long term partnership and grow over thirty-five varieties of apples bio-dynamically (naturally organic) in our own Eden Orchards, under the watchful care of our orchardist, Benjamin Applegate. Together, as neighbors, we cope with what mother nature provides in the way of weather and help each other to ensure quality fruit and quality ciders. When you buy our ciders, you are supporting all of us and our working landscape. Thank you for supporting the work of these remarkable individuals and their orchards.
Scott Farm Orchard • Dummerston, VT
Scott Farm is an historic, eco-certified, Certified B Corp, Landmark Trust property orchard in the mountains of Southern Vermont along the Connecticut River Valley—but as impressed as we are with their credentials, we love them most of all for their generosity. Back when our founder Eleanor was just “a crazy lady who wanted to know which apples would make the best ice cider” (as Eleanor herself puts it), orchardist Ezekiel Goodband counseled her kindly and sent her back to the pressing room with thirty different apple varieties to taste and try. From this beautiful array came our Best in Class Award Winning Heirloom Blend Ice Cider. More recently Zeke and his Kingston Black apples were the inspiration behind our Ezekiel Single Varietal Cellar Series No.8 release, and our Best in Class Award Winning Northern Spy Ice Cider.
Windfall Orchard • Cornwall, VT
Orchardist Brad Koehler comes to cider from his experience at the table—Brad is a celebrated chef whose attentive care of his antique orchard in Cornwall, Vermont, and the careful blending of the apples that it produces, resulted in our beautifully balanced Best in Class Award Winning Windfall Orchard Ice Cider collaboration. Brad’s apples are also featured in our Eden Heritage Cider (in a can), which has been celebrated by Florence Fabricant in The New York Times as a “step up” from other canned ciders, offering “light gold, lip-smacking refreshment.” Talent runs in Brad’s family: His wife, Amy Trubek, is the author of Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey into Terroir, a book that “explores the concept of terroir beyond wine and into cuisine and culture more broadly.”
Poverty Lane Orchards • Lebanon, NH
Orchardist Steve Wood and his partner Louisa Spencer need no introduction in the world of heritage cider: Their Poverty Lane Orchard was one of the first in the US to grow English-style cider apples, redolent with the complex aromas that a true heritage cider requires. Together Steve and Louisa have encouraged and supported generations of American cidermakers, including our founder Eleanor. Their kind spirit runs through our business in the same way their apples enliven our cider. Most recently, you’ll find Poverty Lane’s bittersweets in our Goodwood Cider Cellar Series Release No.10 (the “wood” in Goodwood is a nod to Mr. Wood.)
Yates Family Orchard • Hinesburg, VT
Orchardist Jessika Yates is transforming an antique apple orchard from the 1930s in Hinesburg, Vermont into a true cider apple orchard, by top-grafting culinary fruit trees with cider apple varieties. You’ll find her Northern Spy apples in our Best of Class Award Winning Northern Spy Ice Cider. When her apple trees are sleeping during the deep of the winter, Jessika is a ski instructor in the mountains nearby—her energy is unending.
Verner Heath Orchards • Stanstead, Québec
Ugly apples led us to Verger Heath Orchard in Quebec: After a hailstorm in 2015 brutalized their apple crop, we reached out to see how we could help. The storm occurred early enough in the season that the flesh of the fruit was undamaged, but the apples themselves were visibly blemished. Ugly fruit doesn’t meet the cosmetic standards that green grocers acquire, but cider sees through all that, to the beauty within: We took all their apples that season, and we’ve been working with Chris Rollings and Lynn Heath ever since. Third generation farmers on six acres of orchard, their Heath Orchard apples are graded “Eco-Apples” per Canadian standards, and provide Eden Ciders with compelling antique St. Lawrence apple varieties, as well as the Kerr crabapple that features prominently in our GLINTCAP Gold Medal Winner for Heritage Cider: Siren’s Song Cellar Series No. 9.
Sunrise Orchard • Cornwall, VT
The Hodges’ founded Sunrise Orchard in Cornwall, Vermont in 1974, bringing with them a knowledge of growing apples from their home state of Virginia, and planting the high-density, wholesale apple farm on which they raised their three children. Today their son Barney oversees the operation and works alongside his wife, Christiana. Together they oversee the growth and distribution of the apples produced on their eco-certified 60,000 tree orchard. We’re particularly partial to the Honeycrisp that they supply to us for our Honeycrisp Ice Cider, which was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Best Dessert Cider in the 2016 Dan Berger Cider Competition. A beautiful cider begins with a beautiful apple.
Eden Orchards • Newport, VT
Benjamin Applegate has been Eden’s orchardist from almost the beginning: We founded our operation in 2007 and he joined us in 2009. Benjamin is an indelible part of our success as makers of premium cider using quality cider apples: He manages our orchards holistically and bio-dynamically, and often uses tonics and tinctures to shore up the health and hardiness of the trees, and encourage the microbial health of the supporting soil and ecosystem. Our award winning cider wouldn’t be the same without him.