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Welcome to Bear Swamp Orchard

Our family welcomes you to our organic orchard and apple brandy tasting room

 

Whats Going On?

2022 - Due to a very low crop year there will be no pick your own, fresh fruit sales, or hard cider.  

Our tasting room with Apple Brandy and Pommeau tastings is open Saturdays and Sundays form 1-5.

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Tasting Room


The Apple Brandy and Pommeau bottle shop and tasting room open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5.

(no hard cider, last weekend is Oct 8-9)

 

Changes in 2022

Changes in 2022


    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, donuts, hard cider and brandy each fall, now in our 17th year. 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 to cover it all.  Given that we are not as young we once were, and with the current labor shortage, we have decided to scale back the orchard in response to this phase. 

    For 2022, we will hold Apple Brandy/Pommeau tasting room hours, adding in some brandy cocktail tastings too, in the Fall.  No hard cider.

Due to a poor quality crop there will not be pick your own this year. 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

 

Products

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.

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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.

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Due to a poor quality crop year, there will be no pick your own or fresh fruit sales in 2022.  

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.