For three years I watched the wild apple seedling behind our farmhouse bloom profusely and produce heavy crops of small, misshapen fruit. Curious to see what it could do, in the winter of 2015 I pruned out the dead wood and began to open the tree's tangled branches to the light and air. Eight months later we harvested and pressed clean apples for the first time.  

This wild seedling, steps from our back door, produced a still cider reminiscent of the English West Country, but distinctly American. Its fermented juice is full bodied, lightly tannic, complex, richly colored and flavored. We hope you'll come to the farm to experience ciders like this.

Every year we search out more trees, evaluate new flavors, and refine our tastes. Recreating traditions from other places isn’t what we're about. We want to discover what we have right here in Maine, in our back fields and along country roads. Fruit that’s available all around us if we care to look. 

David Buchanan

 

TAsting Room

Our tasting room is constructed around a salvaged hand-hewn early 19th c. timber frame from central Maine.

Production

We ferment our ciders in small batches, using barrels, tanks, and glass carboys.

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OUr Farm

Visit our farm in Pownal, Maine, less than ten minutes from downtown Freeport, and 25 minutes from Portland's Old Port. 

 

Our plantings include over 225 varieties of modern and heirloom apples, plus dozens of other fruits and berries, many in danger of extinction and unavailable in the commercial nursery trade. It takes years of patience to collect these fruits, raise them in the nursery, transplant to the orchard, and press and ferment. We’re now seven years into this project, ready to share our knowledge and first harvests in small-batch ciders available only at our farm tasting room.

 

 

Small Batch Focus

 

We're a small family farm that produces less than 2,000 gallons annually. Our focus is quality, not quantity. The ciders we produce are fully dry, lightly bottle conditioned, and blended with food pairing in mind. We believe that much like wine, the best farmhouse ciders should be enjoyed with good company and a good meal.