Bear Swamp Orchard & Cidery

Certified Organic Hard Ciders and Apples


In an effort to share lessons learned on the orchard, Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery is offering four workshops at their orchard in Ashfield.
Each workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and includes a farmstead continental lunch. Workshops are capped at 12 participants, hope to see you.

To sign up contact us at
or call 413-625-2849

Past Workshops:
August 20, 2016: PRESERVING THE HARVEST, $60. This class will focus on making vinegar, lactofermenting, and canning. Participants will take part in making vinegar and can bring home a vinegar starter kit. We will also start sauerkraut, demonstrate the basics of hot-water-bath canning, and explore the biology of each process that leads to safely preserved food.

September 10, 2016: FERMENTING WORKSHOP, $70. On this day, we will demonstrate fermenting techniques, utilizing fruits available from the farm, including apples, peaches, and berries. Participants will measure specific gravity and calculate potential alcohol level of juice, taste test fermented products, and take home a half gallon of fermenting juice.

May 14, 2016: FREE OPEN HOUSE to celebrate the release of our 2016 ciders. Come sample hard ciders and wander the orchard, which may be in bloom. This event will kick off our summer and fall tasting room hours, every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

April 23, 2016: ORGANIC ORCHARD CARE, $60. On this day, we will discuss the methods used to manage our orchard, including disease and pest deterrents, understory management, and fruit care. Participants will help plant trees, explore the growth characteristics of different apple varieties and rootstock sizes, and be ready to care for their own trees this season.

March 19, 2016: PRUNING AND GRAFTING, $60 - Spring is the season for pruning and grafting, two skills necessary for healthy trees. Pruning allows air flow through your trees to minimize fungal diseases, and can cause old trees to fruit again. This workshop will cover pruning trees of all ages, including recovery pruning for abandoned trees. Grafting allows for changes in the apple varieties that trees grow, including having multiple varieties grow on one tree. Participants will practice grafting techniques and observe the outcome of grafts over time in the Bear Swamp orchard. You will take home you own tree too!

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