In the 608: Josh visits ‘The Cider Farm’
MINERAL POINT, Wis. — In 2003, John and Deirdre Birmingham decided to learn to graft apple trees. They learned to grow the English and French cider apples that they felt were necessary to bring you the quality beverages made today.
The couple strives to make their small batch releases reflect the rare ingredients as well as the organically managed terroir of The Cider Farm in the Driftless region of Wisconsin.
The Birmingham’s have an organic apple orchard near Mineral Point where they grow the “wine grapes of apples” for their brand of hard ciders and apple brandy. The ciders are then made at their Cidery and Tasting Room on Madison’s west-side on Watts Rd.
They believe organic farming not only benefits the land, water and wildlife, it also enhances the exquisite taste of their cider.
This is a big time of year for them as they hand-pick their apples when fully ripe and then press them to harvest their juice.
The couple also offers tours of their farm, including one happening this weekend. To learn more about the Cider Farm, click here.
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