Join us on this CiderDays weekend at over 23 venues offering workshops, tours, tastings and demos! Below is a list of workshops as well as more details on all the CiderDays venues this year, with some offerings on Nov. 5th.
Workshops, Tours & Demos
Saturday, Nov. 6
10 am, Clarkdale Fruit Farms: Cider pressing
11 am, Apex Orchards: Pollination for the Home Orchardist with Tim Smith
11 am, Clarkdale Fruit Farms: orchard tour
Noon – 4 pm, Historic Deerfield: Seek No Further: Heritage Apple workshop
1 pm, Pine Hill Orchards: All-star Pruning Workshop with David Shearer and William Shearer
1 pm, New Salem Orchards: Outdoor Presentation - A History of Cider in Early America - Pommes, Politics and Prohibition with William Grote
2:30 pm, West County Cider: APPLE DIVERSITY - Preserving and Increasing Our Botanical and Cultural Heritage with Ben Watson
4 pm, New Salem Orchards: Making Bread Overnight with Cider Lees - William Grote
Sunday, Nov. 7
10:30 am, Clarkdale Fruit Farms: Cooking with Apples demo with Erika Cooper, of Butter & Birch
11 am, West County Cider: An Exploration of Wild Apple Foraging with Matt Kaminsky
Noon, Clarkdale Fruit Farms: Cooking With Apples demo with Sandy D'Amato, of Goodstock Farm
Noon – 4 pm, Historic Deerfield: Seek No Further: Heritage Apple workshop
1 pm - 2:15 pm, New Salem Orchards: Beginning and Advanced Cider Making with April Woodard
1:30 pm, Clarkdale Fruit Farms: Cooking with Apples Demo with Amy Traverso, of Yankee Magazine
2 pm, West County Cider: Introduction to Grafting with Adam Buursma
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm, New Salem Orchards: Bring Your own - Amateur Cider Makers Tasting/Evaluation, Fun, and troubleshooting with April Woodard
NOTE: On Friday, Nov. 5, there will be a Pomological exhibit at Ashfield Community Hall from 10am - 5pm. Also, Friday will be a cidermakers gathering at Scott Farm from 5-8 pm.
- Apex Orchards
- Artifact Cider Project
- Artisan Beverage Cooperative
- Ashfield Community Hall
- Bear Swamp Orchard - Distillery and Cidery
- Beaver Pond Distillery
- Berkshire Cider Project
- Brewery at Four Star Farms
- Cameron's Winery
- Carr’s Ciderhouse
- Clarkdale Fruit Farms
- Cold River Package and Market
- Great Falls Discovery Center
- Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield
- Headwater Cider
- New Salem Preserves & New Salem Cider
- Outlook Farm Winery & Brewery (Outlook Farm Barn & Eatery)
- Pine Hill Orchards
- Ragged Hill Cider Company
- Ryan & Casey Liquors
- Scott Farm
- Shelburne Falls Cork
- Valley View Farm/Muse Cider Bar
- Wells Provisions
- West County Cider
CiderDays Workshop: Pollination for the Home Orchardist
Sat., November 6th, 11 am
Tim Smith gives an introduction to pollination in the home orchard
Use caution as you approach this orchard because the scenic views of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire may very well take your breath away. They don’t call it Apex for nothing. The orchard, which has been in Tim Smith’s family since 1828, now includes apples, peaches, nectarines, apricots, quince, pears, Asian pears, blueberries, table grapes and kiwi. Be sure to pick up some Evercrisp apples, a new variety that stores extremely well.
Aside from fruit, their new 4,000 sq. ft. retail store offers honey products from Smith’s Shelburne Honey Co., maple syrup from the Graves farm in Colrain and the Boyden farm in Conway, Shelburne Cider Vinegar and ciders from Apex, Cabot cheese, Yankee Pastime Farm’s maple cream, Sidehill Farm yogurt and “Just Soap” made in Ashfield. You’ll also find cider doughnuts from Pine Hill Orchard in Colrain.
We make cider for the new Northeast. We produce craft cider in a variety of styles by respecting tradition, but refusing to let it limit us. Using local apples and innovative cidermaking practices, we create ciders that are as authentic, eclectic, and forward-looking as the region they come from. Artifact was founded in 2014 by Jake Mazar and Soham Bhatt and is based in Florence, Massachusetts.
For the weekend we will be hosting a pop-up apple market featuring rare and heirloom varieties by The Scott Farm, Dummerston, VT. In addition we will be opening early over the weekend starting at 10am with coffee and cider donuts, as well as offering exclusive pours of unreleased ciders, and special pricing on cellar projects.
Artisan Beverage Cooperative—makers of many gluten-free, high-quality beverages.
For CiderDays we offer our famous Valley and Whiskey cyzers. Apple-honey wine made with cider from Clarkdale Fruit Farm and honey from Western Mass.
Our apple cider kombucha is back just in time for CiderDays Weekend! Made with locally sourced cider from @clarkdalefruitfarms, this limited batch is available in growlers exclusively through ArtBev curbside pickup on Saturday from 12-2pm.
Cyzers are a variation of mead, a traditional fermented honey wine, but instead of water, cider is used. Both our cyzers are made with local raw honey and cider from Clarkdale Fruit Farm.
The Whiskey Cyzer gets its name because it was aged in Bully Boy whiskey barrels before bottling, giving it a slightly smokier and oak-ier flavor profile than the Valley Cyzer.
Both variations have been aging to perfection and supplies are limited. 14% ABV Gluten-free.
Valley Cyzer - $15/ 500ml bottle
Whiskey Cyzer - $20/ 500ml bottle
521 Main Street, Ashfield MA
Friday, Nov. 5th, 10 am - 7 pm
'2nd Annual Wild and Seedling Pomological Exhibition
We want to see YOUR pippins! Join Matt Kaminsky at the Community Hall of Ashfield on Friday November 5th, to see a showcase of seedling apples (and pears! ) from all over the continent. You can submit a handful of fruit from noteworthy wild or seedling apple and pear trees in your area, or simply come to admire the beauty! This is a unique opportunity to introduce novel and undocumented varieties of pome fruit to the public. Contribute to an emerging culture of wild fruit & pomology and have your work featured in the forthcoming publication of 'Proceedings...' Info on submission process in the link above!
Suggested donation sliding scale $5-$10. Apple tasting TBD pending COVID protocols at time of event. Vaccination and masks required for entry per venue guidelines.
We are a very small, family-run, Certified Organic orchard, hard cider producer and distillery in Ashfield, Massachusetts We are growing apples as sustainably as we can, taking into account the health of the flora and fauna as part of the orchard system.
CiderDays Weekend, we will offer hard cider and brandy tastings.
We have a beautiful farm at the top of the hills on the east side of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, with views that reach out to Vermont and New Hampshire. We also border the Trustees of Reservations Bear Swamp Reservation, which offers miles of scenic hiking trails and views of its own.
Some of what you’ll find in 2021:
Hard Cider, brandy and liqueurs.
Vinegar (raw, unpasteurized, untreated)
CiderDays weekend: Tastings, Tours, & Treats! Micro distillery making apple brandy, apricot, cherry, peach and pear eau de vie and plum slivovitz. We use all local and regional fruit to make our distilled spirits. CiderDays weekend - special tastings.
508 State Road, North Adams, MA, (Greylock WORKS mill complex)
Fri, Nov. 5 and Sat, Nov. 6, noon- 8 pm and Sun. Nov. 7, noon - 4 pm
Mon, Nov. 8, at Tourists Welcome from 4 pm - 8pm
Check our website for special CiderDays events.
Berkshire Cider Project Website
Berkshire Cider Project on Facebook
Tasting room open all weekend plus we're hosting our "Community Cider Day" on Monday 11/8 from 4-8pm at TOURISTS in North Adams. Open to all. Cider bar featuring Berkshire Cider Project, Artifact, ANXO, Hilltop Orchards, and West County Cider. Cider press and cidermaking demos (kits and juice available for purchase). Plus mulled cider, fire pits, local snacks, and more!
Berkshire Cider Project is a new craft cidery focused on dry sparkling ciders. Located in a beautiful mill complex with adjacent café and distillery. Come visit for cider tastings and bottles to-go. Our small tasting room is located within our cidermaking facility.
Berkshire Cider Project opened in July 2020. Our dry ciders start in the orchards and forgotten apple trees across Berkshire country. We combine orchard grown and wild foraged apples with traditional techniques to craft sparkling ciders that are refreshingly complex yet accessible! Our bright labels and tie-dye accessories are inspired by warm Berkshire summers and the modern art at MassMoCA, just down the road. By partnering with orchards across the county we hope to share our deep interest in agricultural development and sustainability. Located at the beautiful Greylock WORKS facility– a former textile mill turned event venue, co-working space and food incubator. An adjacent café, The Break Room, is open for brunch. Follow us @berkshire_cider for special CiderDays announcements!
508 Pine Meadow Rd. Northfield, MA
Saturday, Nov 6, noon - 8 pm; Sunday Nov. 7, noon - 6 pm
Brewery at Four Star Farms Website
The Brewery at Four Star Farms is a brewery located in the midst of the Four Star Farms hop farm. We have a beautiful outdoor space as well as a taproom with views of the scenery around the farm. We also produce our own hard cider. Our cider is a blend of 6 different apple varieties grown by Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. This house cider is a dry New England cider, no added sugar and fermented with a Dry Cider yeast.
Four Star Farms New England Dry Cider
We offer samples, full pours on draft, and cans to go.
Cameron's celebrates everything cider all weekend! In their large restored barn, Leslie and Paul Cameron have nine ciders ready for tastings or by the glass. A variety of cheeses, meats, apples and other goodies specially selected to pair with their ciders and available for sale, and Cameron's Campfire: warm mulled cider served beside a toasty campfire.
The winery has nine families of wine: Grape, Citrus, Pitted Fruit, Berry, Honey, Maple, Vegetable, Cider, and Bubbly. There is always something new to enjoy as they make and bottle wine all year. Stop by for a glass or a tasting and feel free to bring your own glass. You can shop for snacks in the Charcuterie and Cheese Shop, which is stuffed with everything to design your own charcuterie board. Cameron's Winery of Northfield.
Farm shop featuring Carr’s wild-fermented hard ciders, vinegars, cider syrup, fruit shrubs, and more.
Preservation Orchard is the home of Carr's Ciderhouse where we practice regenerative agriculture and evolutionary orcharding - low input silvopasture for carbon sequestration, no-spray for avian and pollinator habitat, and traditional and experimental cultivars for pest and disease resistance. All of our hard ciders are wild fermented in our uninsulated press barn over the course of 5-6 months. We find that this slow and low-temperature fermentation reveals depth and complexity in the cider. We press our apples, along with wild foraged apples and forgotten orchard apples, on a century old Mt.Gilead rack and cloth press.
We will be holding a fun tasting event on CiderDays weekend. Please see our website for event details, info about parking, and important updates.
Carr’s ciders are $12-$15/750 ml bottle
Special activities for CiderDays weekend:
Cider pressing demo at 10 am
Orchard tour at 11 am.
Sunday - Cooking with Apples demos.
Erika Cooper, of Butter & Birch, at 10:30 am
Sandy D'Amato, of Goodstock Farm, at noon
Amy Traverso, of Yankee Magazine, at 1:30 pm
Fourth-generation family orchard growing high-quality tree fruit since 1915. We farm 45 acres and grow over 50 varieties of apples, including several heirlooms. Our diverse plantings also include pears, peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines, and grapes. We produce our own sweet cider in season, and offer several special blends for holidays in the Fall. Bulk cider for fermenting is available upon request. Find us on fb and Instagram as well.
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7
10 am – 6 pm
Great Falls Discovery Center Facebook
Enjoy a story, fresh air and exercise! Join us on the grounds of the center for a FREE series of self-guided StoryWalks® featuring the children’s picture book, Apple Trees to Cider, Please! by Felicia Sanzari Cherneskey. Follow the path to laminated book pages posted along the route. Wonderful stories celebrating the natural world and families await. For young readers ages 4-8, and everyone who loves the fall harvest season.
80 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA
Workshop Saturday Nov, 6 and Sunday Nov 7th, noon - 4:30 pm
Historic Deerfield Website
Workshop- Seek No Further: Heritage Apple Time in Deerfield
Apples have an important history in Deerfield. Apples were dried for winter keeping, pressed for cider, and covered with cloves to make apple pomanders. Join us at the History Workshop for apple time and sample some unique apple varieties, including Westfield’s Seek No Further from our own rare tree! See our historic cider press and make an apple pomander to take home with you. We’ll have apple themed books for reading and a collection of historic apple recipes you can try at home. Admission tickets to Historic Deerfield required and can be purchased at the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern. ($15/adult, free to youth and children 17 and under)
Grow What You Press. Press What You Grow.
Estate Cider from Franklin County. Crisp and Dry. Grown, Pressed, and Bottled here at the orchard. Sample and purchase a range of alcoholic ciders at the source!
$12 / 750ml bottle
67 South Main St. in New Salem, Massachusetts. Parking available in marked areas across from driveway.
Hours of operation:
Farm Store open Saturday Nov. 6 and Sunday Nov. 7, 10am - 6pm
Cider Garden open 12 pm – 6 pm
New Salem Cider Website
New Salem Cider on Facebook
Events for CiderDays
Saturday, Nov. 6th
1 pm - Outdoor Presentation - A History of Cider in Early America - Pommes, Politics and Prohibition with William Grote
4 pm - Making Bread Overnight with Cider Lees - William Grote
Sunday, Nov. 7th
1 pm - 2:15 pm: Beginning and Advanced Cider Making with April Woodard
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm: Bring Your own; Amateur Cider Makers Tasting/Evaluation, Fun and troubleshooting with April Woodard
New Salem Preserves & Orchards, long known for rich, sweet cider made from century-old heirloom apple trees is now in its third season offering their own small-batch vintage hard ciders. Cider can be exclusively purchased by the growler or enjoyed by the glass on premises—a 1750 farmstead overlooking orchards, stonewalls and the Quabbin Reservoir, in their newly opened Cider Garden. Dogs are always welcome and BYO picnics encouraged, as the entire farm is open for guests to wander, explore and of course, enjoy our hard cider.
Special offerings for CiderDays weekend:
We will be tasting our lineup of hard ciders including Honey Apple, Dry-hopped, Orchard Blend, Blood orange, and White Peach Hard Cider for Ciderdays. We will also be offering tastings of our new release, Oak Barrel Aged Dry hard Cider. Tasting will be in the Outlook Farm Produce Barn right outside the cider room so visitors can view and learn the history of the cider mill at Outlook Farm.
Outlook Farm has produced the best fresh apple cider in the region from our orchards in Westhampton, at the foothills of the Berkshires, for over 50 years. Our orchards include old-growth trees over 150 years in age, heirloom, and traditional New England cider apples, blending Baldwins, Golden Delicious, Northern Spies, and Gold Rush apples, balanced with flavors of Macintosh, Cortland, Red Delicious, Rome, and others. Slow fermented to provide a hard cider base with a character all its own representing our motto, “It’s All Good”.
Saturday, Nov. 6, 1pm: All-star Pruning Workshop with David Shearer and William Shearer
Saturday, Nov. 6, 11am - 5 pm: Pints @ Pine Hill with Artifact Cider's pop-up tap room
Special Blend Cider Sale for Cider Days Weekend! We will be offering our fresh-pressed specialty blends for bulk sale! Four different blends with multiple cider varieties used. 4000+ gallons will be available from 9am to 5pm ONLY!! First come first served! And…Our Farm Store is open. From our Family to Yours…Happy Cider Days!
Orchard selling apples, cider and locally made foods.
94 John Gilbert Rd, West Brookfield, MA
Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7, 12 pm - 5 pm
Ragged Hill Cider Website
Ragged Hill on Facebook
Ragged Hill Cider Company is an award-winning orchard-based craft cidery, specializing in small batch ciders made using traditional methods with no added sugar. All the apples we use are proudly grown, picked, pressed, fermented and bottled at our 100% solar-powered orchard and cidery in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. Located in a beautiful hilltop orchard just East of the Quabbin Reservoir. The orchard offers pick-your-own blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears and about 30 varieties of apples. All of our ciders are made in the orchard with fruit grown solely at the orchard.
Traditional Dry ABV 6.4% -Light, crisp, refreshing
Traditional Semi-Dry ABV 5% - Light, aromatic, fruity
Rasé (Raspberry Rosé) ABV 5% - Semi-dry, raspberry infused
Honeycrisp ABV 7.1% - Semi-sweet, medium bodied, notes of honey and ripe stone fruit
Ice Cider ABV 12%
Our location is easily accessed from Route 9 or Route 32. Other local attractions include hiking at Rock House Reservation and the Quabbin Reservoir, breads and pastries at Rose32 Bakery, and Farm to Table dining at Salem Cross Inn & Tavern.
Bottle shops featuring ciders from Western MA producers, as well as other national and international brands, plus wines, beers, and spirits. There will be samples and discounts on cider and all things apple.
707 Kipling Rd, Dummerston, VT
Friday Nov. 5, 5 pm - 8 pm, event gathering; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7, farm market 10 am - 6 pm
Scott Farm has been a working farm since 1791. We grow over 130 varieties of heirloom apples and an array of different pears, plums, peaches, cherries, all sorts of berries and other fruit we find interesting. We are Certified EcoApple® and a Certified B Corp.
Pre-CiderDays gathering at Scott Farm Friday eve: Cider Fest is a celebration of cider apples and their fermentation into hard cider. The event gathers renowned cider makers, large and small, hard cider enthusiasts and curious.
Hard cider, artisanal wine, craft beer, local cheese, charcuterie, chocolate, and preserves. It is my desire to sell local hard ciders, craft beer, and wine from family-owned wineries, where I think the best values are found. We also carry local cheese and charcuterie from Massachusetts and Vermont. And of course, we have case discount of 10% for mixed or not mixed cases of hard cider and wine.
We are a working farm with over a century of agricultural and orcharding history, home to over 250 fruit trees, including vintage apple trees with heirloom varieties. We craft small batch, artisanal ciders that are hand-blended primarily in American oak barrels or stainless steel tanks.
The stone Cider Bar is an unusual work of masonry art, capped with 200-year-old slate, overlooking our apple orchard and the High Ridge Mountain. In late winter the building transforms into a working sugarhouse, where Farmer David produces hundreds of gallons of golden and amber syrups.
The interior is a sexy modern bar with a speakeasy culture; you can post up to the walnut bar with the Cidermakers, sip on farm infused cocktails while relaxing on the leather furniture, or twist tales around the marble tables. Like the rest of Valley View Farm, the Cider Bar is whimsically different than anything else you’ll find in Western Massachusetts.
159 Main Street (Rt 2), Charlemont, MA
Sat. and Sun. November 6 - 7, 7:30 am to 7pm
Wells Provisions website
All weekend- Apple Cider Ice Cream Sandwich - apple cider soft serve between two cinnamon snickerdoodle cookies. We're making the soft serve and the cookies, so it's going to be GOOD!
Sunday, November 7th - Headwater Cider Tasting!
Wells Provisions brings a taste of New Orleans to the hills of Western Mass. The team of NOLA transplants has taken their experience working in some of the best restaurants in the Big Easy to create a laid back market, cafe and ice cream shop on the historic Mohawk Trail in Charlemont. Their menu doesn't end at po-boys and gumbo. Local ingredients take center-stage (or shall we say "plate"), to feature the amazing bounty of the farmers and food producers in the region. What can you get at Wells Provisions? A delicious breakfast and lunch, a lovely bottle of wine to take home, as well as your favorite craft beer. A bottle of bourbon & bitters to make that special cocktail. They have gourmet meals to go and specialty food items in the cooler. There is penny candy and out of this world ice cream. In short, pretty much everything to make everyone in the family happy.
Come visit the oldest running cider house in the country. Come for our legendary ciders while enjoying our hiking trails and picnic grounds with a glorious three state view.
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2:30 pm: APPLE DIVERSITY - Preserving and Increasing Our Botanical and Cultural Heritage with Ben Watson
There are more than 16,000 named apple varieties in North America – many of them extant, but many others considered extinct. Why is the domestic apple so incredibly diverse in its shape, flavor, and uses? And what can we, as growers, cider makers, and consumers, do to help carry on this common legacy?
Join Ben Watson, author of Cider, hard and Sweet and biodiversity advocate for Slow Food International, as we talk about the origins and genetics of the modern apple, how it spread throughout North America, and how it is at risk today due to many factors: disease and pest pressure, loss of orchard lands, and corporate food systems that offer us little choice in the market. We’ll discuss how each of us can help promote great apples and preserve regional and cultural identity.
Sunday Nov. 7, 11 am: An Exploration of Wild Apple Foraging with Matt Kaminsky
Join Matt Kaminsky, a.k.a Gnarly Pippins , to learn about wild apples and the art of foraging. Wild apples in New England are an amazing resource, and they can make some very fine cider. Come with some wild apples from your neck of the woods if you'd like, or simply bring your sense of curiosity and look through some wild apple selections that will be on display.
Sunday Nov. 7th, 2 pm: Introduction to Grafting with Adam Buursma
Introduction to grafting will cover the aspects of top working (form of grafting) to change the variety of an apple tree to a known or superior cultivar. The workshop will discuss timing, making heading cuts to accommodate the new grafts (scions), care, and training during the following season. Please come join us and have some fun with apple trees.
Adam Buursma is VCH Vermont certified horticulturist, previous ISA certified Arborist (International Society of Arboriculture) 15 yrs., and attended UMass for Plant Soil Science. He is the owner of Arboreal Habitats, Ltd. in Halifax, Vermont where he grows woody plants and their companions.
West County Cider was started by the Maloney family in 1984 with a commitment to making small-batch ciders with impeccable apples from local orchards. Thirty-seven years later, our family has grown but the tradition continues. We use fine-winemaking techniques and focus on freshness of flavor and total respect for each individual apple variety. Every harvest year represents a new a foray into the possibility of the apple.