The Taprooms at the Farm

“Because everything’s better when neighbors work together…”

Summer meets fall thanks to a collaboration with our friends and neighbors at Moon Hill Brewing Co.  Our post and beam Country Barn is transformed into the Brew Barn weekends June through October and for the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival in November, serving up our own Red Apple Farm hard cider, local brews, fresh roasted nuts, and popped-on-the-spot popcorn along with your farm favorites.  A day at the Brew Barn often includes live music, outdoor picnic tables where you can have food from our BBQ delivered straight to you, old fashioned family fun, and a patio overlooking the orchard.

The Story of the Brew Barn:

At the Brew Barn, we invite you to rediscover the simple pleasures: a refreshing cider; time with friends and family; or watching the sun set.

But the story doesn’t end there!

On Sunday, June 30th, 2019, a hail storm rolled over our orchard and damaged over half of our apples.  This could have devastated us, but instead, we decided to seize the opportunity to fulfill a longtime goal of ours: to start producing our own hard cider.  Thanks to a large crop of perfectly imperfect apples, and our ongoing collaboration with Moon Hill Brewing Company, we debuted our “Hailstorm Hard Cider” on October 11, 2019.

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Our cider is a semi-sweet, unfiltered hard cider “born of stormy elements.”  The moon and apple logo on our growlers and cans represents the philosophy and motto we believe makes our cider that much sweeter:

The bright yellow moon of Moon Hill Brewing Company illuminates the silhouette of our 100-year-old McIntosh tree. This blending of the old and the new makes our cider unique.

It’s all good in the neighborhood.

We preserve the best of the old methods we’ve learned over 100 years on the farm – using our antique apple varieties and pressing our own unfiltered cider base in-house – while embracing newer microbrew techniques we’ve learned through our partnership with Moon Hill, founded in 2006. The result is a truly unique, complex cider that benefits from both perspectives.

Try it out!

America's Apple Book - Paperback

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America’s Apple (Brook Hollow Press, 2012) tells a rich and detailed story about apple growing in America, from horticulture to history to culinary uses. Author Russell Steven Powell draws upon his years writing about apples as executive director of the New England Apple Association to write about the best ways to eat, drink, and cook with apples. He describes the orchard’s beauty and introduces readers to some of the family farms where apples are grown today, many of them spanning generations.

America’s Apple looks at how America’s orchards are changing as a result of the trend toward intensive planting and the trademarking of new varieties, and what that means to consumers. Powell also writes about the fragile underpinnings of modern agriculture: the honeybees needed to pollinate the crop and the labor required to pick it, plus new and exotic pests and increasingly volatile weather.

Apples have been cultivated on American soil since the early 1600s, and America’s Apple has chapters about the histories and uses for dozens of heirloom varieties, and the legacy of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, widely credited with spreading the apple gene in America.

America’s Apple includes nearly 50 color photographs from America’s orchards by Bar Lois Weeks, and the hardcover version has an illustrated index of 120 apple varieties grown in the United States.

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