The Journal News Raves About Cider Week
Sara Grady of Glynwood with food writer Colette Rossant at Glynwood in Cold Spring. The two are collaborators on The Apple Project, which promotes apple production in the Hudson Valley. / Joe Larese/The Journal News
Local farmers work to raise cider's profile
11:35 PM, Oct. 18, 2011
Written by Karen Croke
The Hudson Valley Cider Route
Along with farms and wineries that produce hard cider, the Hudson Valley Cider Route map also includes farms that make sweet ciders, such as Salinger's Orchards in Brewster, Dr. Davies Farm in Congers and The Orchards of Concklin in Pomona. The route also includes places to pick your own apples; restaurants where cider is served, and bakeries that use locally sourced fruits. For the map, go to www.appleproject.glynwood.org/ciderroute
Here's a look at local hard cider producers.
• Montgomery Place Orchards and Annandale Cidery, Annandale Atomic Hard Cider.
Find them: Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 845-758-8005 www.mporchards.com
• Applewood Orchards,
Stone Fence Apple Cider,
Find them: Warwick, N.Y., 845-988-9292 www.applewoodwinery.com
• Hicks Orchards and Slyboro Ciderhouse,
Slyboro Old Sin Cider, Hidden Star Cider, Ice Harvest Special Reserve (Ice Cider) Find them: Granville, N.Y., 518-642-1788 www.hicksorchard.com
• Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, Doc's Draft Hard Cider. Find them: Warwick, N.Y., 845-258-4858, wvwinery.com
Derrick Mead's family has been farming in the Hudson Valley since 1916, but it took this fourth generation son of the land to move the family business into the future by looking to a product from the past. And he's hoping that many more farmers will follow suit.
Mead has helped to spearhead The Apple Project, a new endeavor created by Glynwood in Cold Spring to help preserve apple orchards in the Hudson Valley by promoting the production of cider, both sweet and hard.
The project includes the Hudson Valley Cider Route, an Apple Exchange, and Cider Week, where more than 80 restaurants, orchards and wineries are participating with tastings, dinners and special events.
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