Juneteenth Reparations Pack and Virtual Tasting

You are invited to join us in a joyful act of reparations!

3 limited release, exclusive ciders from Eve's Cidery, Redbyrd Orchard Cider and Open Spaces Cider paired with a virtual tasting and reparations conversation in support of Quarter Acre for the People and No Mas Lagrimas.

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Juneteenth Reparations Pack

Here's how it works:

Payment for this project begins by contributing 92% of the package value directly to Quarter Acre for the People (total value for this package is $50)

Contribute.

Make your $40-45 contribution HERE. Be sure to designate “Quarter Acre for the People.”

 

Email Receipt

Email your receipt from Khuba International to Melissa Madden: openspacescider@gmail.com

 

Charge the Balance.

Melissa will set you up within Eve’s Cidery’s shipping system and charge the balance for the tasting event and the cider packaging= $8.70 + shipping to your location (free pick up in Trumansburg, Ithaca and Van Etten).

 

Ship/Pick Up

We will ship and offer pick up in mid to late July.

 

Gather & Taste

Virtual Tasting Gathering is Sunday, August 15th. New York Cider Association will be hosting via their YouTube TV channel.

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The Ciders

Open Spaces' FLNF Pétillant 2020

500 mL/8% abv

Gently sparkling and dry

Production: 100% wild foraged apples from late harvest groves. Secondary fermentation in the bottle and aged on the lees.

Tasting: Fresh sawdust, lemon peel, tart cherry. Perfect for summer food on the fire.

Eve's Seedlings 2020

500 mL/8% abv

Still and dry

Production: 100% wild foraged apples and pears, aged on the lees.

Tasting: Dried rose petals, sage, sheep’s wool, coffee and a summer evening breeze.

Redbyrd Orchard Cider's Branches 2020

500 mL/8% abv

Sparkling and dry

Production Notes: 25% Wild Harvested Apples, Golden Russet, GoldRush, Freer Crab, Redfield. Bottle Conditioned.

Tasting Notes: Spice, raspberry, anise, maraschino cherry.

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Quarter Acre for the People

The Quarter Acre for the People program connects families of African and/or Indigenous ancestry as well as refugee families who have historically been displaced from land, providing food production opportunities, garden education as well as access to cooperative farming, homesteading and farm business opportunities on local farm/fallow land in the Ithaca, New York area.

No Mas Lagrimas supports individuals and families of all backgrounds, cultures, and identities affected by economic and social barriers in meeting their basic needs and in empowering themselves to achieve their aspirations.

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Why Reparations?

In New York State, 97% of farms are owned by White people (1). Let's re-imagine a different farming future— one that is equitable, diverse and non-exploitative. How do we get from here to there? Reparations can offer a path.

Through joyful acts of generosity, we can both ritually and materially redistribute wealth in acknowledgement of the structural racism in our society and the injustices it yields. Reparations are disruptive to the status quo as they are a direct form of resistance to systems of oppression that concentrate wealth in the hands of white people. Want to dig into some of the thinking behind reparations as a practice and a journey? Read Melissa's essays (originally published in Malus Zine) on her website here.

Join us!

(1) USDA agricultural Census, 2017

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The Labels: Art and Metaphor

The concept behind the labels is the idea that we can work together cooperatively by bringing our own unique gifts to a project and combining them synergistically. This is certainly true for the ciders- all wild foraged but by different people in different places with different treatment in the cidery. The result? A mini-flight of Finger Lakes cider with a wild-foraged theme. The same is true for the labels- each beautiful in its own right, and also lovely together.

Deva Maas from Redbyrd suggested the idea of individual labels that were part of a whole when the bottles stood next to each other. Leila Sherman designed the wild apple branch, as well as the Seedlings label. The Branches label was designed by Eric Shatt and the Open Spaces label by Brad DeFrees