Whats Going On?
Pick Your Own and all apple sales are finished for the season. Thanks for a great season!
The apple brandy/hard cider bottle shop and tasting room will be open one more weekend, November 6th & 7th (traditional Cider Days weekend) 1-5 PM both days. More info to follow.
Changes in 2021
As farmers, we are used to shifting with the seasons. Bear Swamp Orchard is truly a family endeavor, and we have really enjoyed being a small part of the local food experience for people with our apples, cider and donuts, hard cider and brandy each fall for 15 years. However, we have reached a new season in that aspect of our lives, as the youngest generation has started on their adult paths, and the older generation has settled into their well-deserved retirement. This leaves Steve and Jen, who have decided to scale back the orchard in response to this phase of their lives. We practiced this in 2020, offering socially-distanced cider and brandy tasting only due to Covid. For 2021, we will continue to hold tasting room hours, we will offer some PYO apple picking because the crop is good this year. But, other things like doughnuts, sweet cider and sorting pre-picked apples are not possible with the current available labor.
Thanks for your support over the years.
Steve and Jen
All of our products are made from the fruit we grow here which are grown to organic standards, and are fermented, distilled, bottled, and sold here.
We make apple brandy and the aperitif Pommeau. Available only at the farm in very limited quantities
Apple brandy is a spirit (hard liquor) distilled from fermented apple juice (hard cider). Unlike vodka or other neutral spirits which are stripped of flavor in order to concentrate alcohol, our brandy is distilled twice in our pot still to help preserve fruit flavor and aromatics.
Starting with hard cider, we use our 50 gallon pot still and double distill it to concentrate the alcohol, and then blend it down to a finished 40% alcohol.
Our hard ciders are wild fermented slowly from apples we grow, resulting in a dry, complex, wine-like beverage.
We have our grown to organic standards apples in season, plus apple cider vinegar and other products made from our fruit as available. Pick your own organic apples are available some years, depending on crop.