Standing in our orchard you can see route 68 in the distance and the big rigs heading north to Kenton Ohio. It is there that the route merges with route 31 and becomes part of the Johnny Appleseed Highway. South of us is Urbana Ohio the home of Urbana University and the Johnny Appleseed Education Center and Museum. This is Johnny Appleseed country. While our orchard is new we do have a few trees that are the remnants of an old orchard. Section one is complete with 130 trees and next year will see sections 2 and 3 developed giving us over 300 trees with the vast majority of these being cider apples from New England, Britain and France.
Cider was the drink of Colonial America and continued up until prohibition, and now after eighty some years it making a come-back. Like our hop process we are approaching this journey with respect to those who have gone before in the hope of helping us all remember our past.
Cider apples fall into four categories bitter sharp, bitter sweet, sharp and sweet all are used to produce a blend of flavors and subtleties creating a finish that is unique and enjoyable. While the orchard will supply us with a multitude of blending possibilities it will also give us varieties that are standalone cider apples. These will be the foundation of our Vintage Ciders and as in good wine will change from year to year.
Section 1 2013-2014 total of 130 trees.
Section 2 2014 - spring 2015 total of 260 trees
Section 3 fall 2015 300 trees
Our bee hives
Our bees are Italian and our hives are English. We currently have 2 healthy hives with plans of expansion over the coming years.
The hives have been placed in a small area cut out of the woods near the orchard. We expect to have honey as the hives grow.
Belle Center, Ohio 43310