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Knock on wood, the day is good, Cider Maker Ezra Sherman

By evescidery | May 28, 2017

A short video starring Ezra, in which he reflects upon why farmers are superstitious.

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Bloom: A Time of Wonder and Fear

By evescidery | May 25, 2017

What happens each spring here on the farm reads like a weather channel melodrama. This year was no different. First it was the 70 degree temperatures in mid March that had us on pins and needles. This abnormal early warming was what caused us to loose 70% of the crop last year. A repeat was…

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Darling Creek Award Winning cider.

By evescidery | May 25, 2017

2015 Darling Creek cider wins Best of Class, Traditional Dry Cider, Dan Berger’s International Wine and Cider Competition. Our Darling Creek champagne method cider won best of class for traditional dry cider in the Dan Berger International Wine and Cider Competition. This cider, made from 75% estate grown cider fruit and 25% apples wild foraged in…

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Ice Cider and Chestnut Cake

By Autumn Stoscheck | Feb 1, 2017

Megan’s Chestnut Cake If you want to channel passion, bake this cake. Our neighbors, Megan and Akiva, live on a vibrant homestead raising children, chickens and trees. Akiva is known as THE tree guy around these parts, and if you have a hankering to get inspired about the great Chestnut Revival, watch his Chestnut videos…

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Ice Cider for Valentines Day

By Autumn Stoscheck | Feb 1, 2017

Choose Cider for Valentines Day A singular beverage, ice cider captures the essence of the apple in a bottle. Made from apple juice concentrated in the winter through freezing, there are 30-50 apples in every bottle. Nothing says “I love you” like handmade cider from the Finger Lakes. Order Online WE LOVE ICE CIDER: Surprise…

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Pairing Ice Cider with a Local Cheese Plate

By Autumn Stoscheck | Feb 1, 2017

Pairing Ice Cider with Cheese Sometimes the best pairing for a dessert beverage like the Essence Ice Cider is not the added sweetness of a dessert, but the rich contrast of  local cheese. Here we look at some of the basic elements of an ice cider and cheese pairing, and ideas for putting together a…

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Pairing Ice Cider with Lemon Curd Tart

By Autumn Stoscheck | Feb 1, 2017

Lemon Curd Tart Do you love lemon? I love simple recipes made from great ingredients. Lemon curd is like that. If you love sweet and sour, pair this tart with the bright and sweet Essence Ice Cider for a flavor explosion. MYER LEMON CURD TART Basic Lemon Curd 1 cup sugar 8 farm fresh egg…

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Ice Cider with Crustless Italian Cheese Cake

By Autumn Stoscheck | Feb 1, 2017

Crustless Italian Cheese Cake This is the dessert version of the classic “apples and cheese” pairing. The bright acidity of our ice cider cuts through the incredibly rich and creamy not-so-sweet cake, an ideal pairing of contrasts. For years, we’ve listed “crustless Italian cheese cake” as a suggested ice cider pairing at our farmers market…

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Amazing Chocolate Truffles

By Autumn Stoscheck | Feb 1, 2017

Amazing Chocolate Truffles EXTRAORDINARILY EASY CHOCOLATE DESSERT Melt in your mouth truffles are so fancy, so good and so easy to make. You can customize the basic recipe with almost anything, from espresso to almond but we love the warmth of cinnamon and the smokey heat of chili to pair with our ice cider.  …

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Art of Grafting

By Autumn Stoscheck | Jan 27, 2017

Art of Grafting Grafting is an age old horticultural art. The extreme heterozygosity of apples means that true to type trees can’t be achieved by planting seeds. (You can read more about seedling trees on this page). Vegetative propagation means that all Northern Spy trees, for example, are a clone of one original tree, the…

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