Starting an orchard and making cider requires a significant investment of time and money. For a number of years we have enjoyed employing the community supported agriculture model on our fruit and vegetable farm. So, we decided to try out the model here. This winter and spring we are faced with the costs of rootstock & scionwood, rent & insurance, and contracts for apples, but our first cider will not be ready until May. Our Community Supported Cider shares are a request for our supporters to put money down now in exchange for 6 or 12 bottles of our cider in May. The infusion of cash a few months early means the difference between planting out the rest of our orchard this spring, or waiting another year.
This season we hope to plant an additional 1000 cider trees and contract for 40000# of apples from Wisconsin orchards. You can help us meet these goals and support the creation of our wild-fermented ciders by signing up for our Community Supported Cider today.
Lucky for us, yeast is everywhere. When we crush and press our apples, the yeast on their skin and in their flesh incorporates into the juice that will become our cider. After filling a tank, we let it sit for at least a few hours with the lid open to ensure that the yeast has enough oxygen to inoculate the entire batch. When we are convinced the batch has started (whether by froth or clock) we close the lid and put on the airlock for the primary fermentation to begin.
Over time our yeasts will change. Every apple from a new orchard will introduce new elements to our culture. On the other hand, we will also develop our own unique consistency. The successful yeasts will linger in our cider-house and contribute to our ciders each year. Just as a good sourdough culture and a diligent baker develop great breads, our partnership with wild yeasts allows us to create unique and flavorful ciders. We look forward to sharing an evolution of ciders for years to come!
We are actively seeking both new and established apple growers in Wisconsin for short or long-term purchasing contracts. This season we plan to purchase 40000# of apples and we plan to increase our production significantly over the next few years.
We are specifically interested in purchasing apples from:
-Orchards transitioning to organic production (whether all or part), and,
-Certified Organic Orchards, and,
-Orchards that do not spray herbicides or other pesticides
We are also seeking apple growers interested in adding additional organic or no spray production.