There is nothing like Cider Days! The Apples are ripe! The fruit has many flavors and there are many many ways to eat, drink and cook apples. There is lots to show off at the orchards, lots to see, and lots to learn. I will mention that favorite Orchards of mine are the Apex Orchards, Clarkdale Fruit Farms and West County Cider.
CiderDays Venues November 4-6, 2022.
Join us on this CiderDays weekend for workshops, tours, tastings and demos! Scroll for details!
- Apex Orchards
- Artifact Cider Project
- Artisan Beverage Cooperative
- Ashfield Community Hall
- 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
- Headwater Cider
- New Salem Preserves & New Salem Cider
- Outlook Farm Winery & Brewery (Outlook Farm Barn & Eatery)
- Pine Hill Orchards
- Scott Farm
- Wells Provisions
- West County Cider
225 Peckville Road, Shelburne, MA
Saturday Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6, 9 am – 6pm
413-625-2744 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.
Clarkdale Fruit Farms
303 Upper Road, Deerfield, MA
Saturday Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 from 9 am – 5 pm
Clarkdale Fruit Farms Website
Clarkdale Fruit Farms Facebook Page
(413) 772-6797 SPECIAL ACTIVITIES FOR CIDERDAYS WEEKEND:
Saturday Cider pressing demo at 10 am
Orchard tour at 11 am.
Sunday Baking with Apples Demo & Tasting:
10am- Lucy Damkoehler Schulte, Sweet Lucy’s Bakeshop, Bernardston
Noon- Sandy D’Amato, James Beard Award-winning chef, Good Stock Farm, Hatfield
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.
West County Cider
208 Peckville Rd. Shelburne, MA
Sat. Nov. 5 and Sun, Nov. 6, 10 am -5 pm
West County Cider Website
Special CiderDays events
Saturday 10:30 – What’s a Good Cider Apple? -with Ben Watson
Out of the thousands of apple varieties, how do we pick the ones that make the best cider? Ben Watson, lifelong apple nerd and author of Cider, Hard and Sweet, breaks down the basic rules of thumb for judging if an apple is “cider-worthy.”
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.
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.
!Time to come and have fun and delicious drinks – and more!