Bear Swamp Orchard & Cidery

Organic Apples and Hard Ciders


'He that drinks his cyder alone, let him catch his horse alone.'
                                         -Benjamin Franklin

Featured in the Greenfield Recorder, “Cider Days Celebrate, Bolster Resurgent Tradition”
Featured in the Sunday Boston Globe, “Cider Houses Rule in New England”

Don’t worry, we have a nice indoor space to get out of the weather for Cider Days!

  • Last orchard event of the season, Franklin County Cider Days, a celebration of all things hard cider (and apples!) November 1 & 2 - 10-4 PM.
  • Hard cider tastings, tours of our new cidery, and more! Saturday and Sunday 10-4 PM
  • Saturday Nov 1st- 11-12, Holistic Orchard Management with Author Michael Phillips
  • Saturday Nov 1st- 12-1, Organic Orcharding Practices with us.
  • Sunday, November 2nd, 10-11, Apples for Juice and Cider with Claude Jolicoeur and Alan Suprenant and guests.
  • Sunday, November 2nd, 11:30-12:30, So you want to be a commercial cider maker with Steve Gougeon of Bear Swamp Orchard and Andy Brennan from Aaron Burr Cider.
  • Morris Dancers Sunday @ 11AM +/-

We are sold out of apples and sweet cider for the season, and we do not do bulk juice for carboys.

Our Hard Cider available at:

Check out our Orchard Blog page to see what is up in the orchard and cidery.
Our cider mill/apple storage are solar powered (

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We are a small Certified Organic orchard and hard cidery in Ashfield Massachusetts (Directions). We are growing apples with a holistic bent, taking into account the health of the flora and fauna as part of the orchard system, staying away from the use of broad spectrum pesticides. From September to mid October we have hard cider and tastings as well as apples available for pick your own and ready pick with different varieties that are ready at different times throughout our fall season.
Some of what we offer- all products are certified organic:

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We are continuing to develop our sustainable orchard management practices, which go beyond organic pest-control methods to include attention to ecological cycles in the orchard. Orchard management of this type is still in its infancy and it involves a lot of experimenting, and trial and error. Weather and yearly pest pressure varies greatly and will affect fruit quantity and quality.
We are a new and growing orchard; we appreciate your patience and suggestions as we grow.

You can also check out our CISA/Buy local food listing,

Thanks for your interest and please contact us with any questions, comments or suggestions.
Jen, Steve, Aidan and Elliot
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Making all our living at organic farming? Not yet, check out one of our other day jobs Apple Valley Woodworking.

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