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Cider Apples! Nursery Tour and Tasting

October 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


With the American cider revival well under way and hundreds of new ciders finding their way to market each year, folks are making cider with whatever apples they can get their hands on. But is it good cider?

In this interactive tour and tasting we’ll take a look at why it matters where and how a cider apple is grown using our noses and taste buds.

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...with Steve Cummins and Autumn Stoscheck

Even with modern, high density plantings, starting a cider orchard is a long term proposition. And what about planting a standard orchard and making cider from 100 year old trees? Steve Cummins gives you the low down at this nursery and orchard tour.

Bittersweets, Bittersharps, sharps and sweets. What does a true cider variety contribute to cider and what influences the quality and expression of certain varietals? Autumn Stoscheck will lead a tasting of cider apples of the same variety grown in different locations and with different farming methods. We’ll also taste a range of cider made from Northern Spy apples with different variables such as grower, maker and vintage.

The tour and tasting is followed by a family style picnic dinner by Heather Sanford of the Piggery.

*If you attended this event last year, the format will be similar but the content and tastings will be new.



Autumn Stoscheck has been making critically acclaimed cider with traditional varieties at Eve's Cidery for 14 years. She is an outspoken proponent of the notion that great cider starts in the orchard with great apples.

Steve Cummins

Steve Cummins, owner of Indian Creek Farm and Cummins Nursery, has been growing and selling cider apple trees for nearly 20 years. Cummins Nursery is the go-to source for cider trees, and Steve is the go to source for all your questions about grafting and growing apple trees.


4:00pm -5:00pm

We’ll tour Cummins Nursery and learn why you should plan 3 years ahead of planting your cider orchard and just what goes into propagating apple trees. We’ll also take a look at various planting systems and tree sizes from modern slender spindle to 100 year old full size trees and discuss their implications for cider quality.

5:00pm – 6:00pm

We’ll sit down to discuss cider apple characteristics and how they translate into cider.

We'll discuss the ideas behind the wine term terroir, such as soil, climate and growing methods and taste cider apples grown ways, in different sites around the Finger Lakes.

We'll also taste ciders made from the same variety looking at variables such as grower, site and cider maker.

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Dinner and drinks! Picnic dinner by the Piggery plus a glass of Eve’s Cider, family style in the orchard.

Farmer/Chef Heather Sandford will serve up delicious a farm meal with a choice of vegetarian and meat options at the big table in the orchard.


October 5, 2017
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Indian Creek Farm
1408 Trumansburg Rd
Ithaca, NY 14889 United States
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Autumn Stoscheck