Happy New Year!
We hope the holidays were joyful and relaxing for you and your loved ones.
Here on the farm, we rang in 2018 with an abundance of snow (it continues!), organic sparkling cider (of course!), and our hearts full of gratitude. This week we've been thoroughly enjoying the quiet calm that January brings, to rest and recharge after a whirlwind 2017.
It's hard to believe that this time last year, we'd just submitted all of our licensing applications, harvested our first crops of lost orchard apples, and wild pears here at the farm. The fruit was pressed and the cider was nearly complete in the cellar as we were planning our first releases for the summer.
Every day, everywhere, there'd be discussions about the many decisions still to be made. Would this season's harvest be best showcased in force carbonated vs. traditional method bottle conditioned cider? Single varietals or blends? Kegs vs. bottles? Which logo fonts, label sizes, website platforms would we choose? All kinds of questions and decisions were still swirling around in our minds just 365 days ago.
As you may have read in our Harvest report - we ended up with quite a crop of apples to harvest this year. Along with the help of the world's greatest crew of friends and family, harvest continued over 8 weeks into November! We've discovered a few new Lost Orchard Project sites, which has allowed us to increase our 2017 cider production to just over 12,000L. We'll have some early releases this spring, including some repeats of our 2016 ciders, as well as some that are new to our collection. We can't wait to share them with you.
So to all of those who supported us in 2017, and those of you we have yet to meet in 2018, we wish you a wonder and joy filled year ahead, and we look forward to sharing more of our ciders with you this year. Be the first to know about our 2017 releases this spring by signing up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page here.