Summer is coming to an end and even though you may not be ready, you’re probably excited for pumpkin spice lattes, jean jackets & apple picking. There’s nothing quite like Autumn in Vermont & for us folks at Citizen Cider it’s a very crucial time!
Autumn at Citizen Cider means harvest.
Why is harvest so important to cider-makers like Citizen Cider?
Just like Christmas, harvest only comes once a year. We take the time to gather, pick and process the apple crop that we wait all year for.
So, here’s a breakdown on the importance of seasonality at Citizen Cider:
We focus on quality.
Citizen Cider believes that making craft cider means doing things the hard way! We work only with real fruit, never from concentrate. Not only do we support neighboring apple farmers, we invest in local herb farms, hop farms and many other local businesses. We’ve built a great network of growers that can supply us with high quality cider making ingredients! Every element of our cider is sourced from folks we trust and have built relationships with along the way.
HAPPY VALLEY ORCHARD in MIDDLEBURY, VT. NOT ONLY DO STAN AND MARY SUPPLY US WITH TONS OF APPLES, THEY ALSO PRESS THEM FOR US! OUR BIG TANKER TRUCK TRANSPORTS 6,000 GALLONS OF PRESSED APPLE JUICE FROM HAPPY VALLEY ORCHARD to citizen cider EVERY FEW DAYS!
GREEN MOUNTAIN ORCHARDS IN PUTNEY, VT: HOW WE MAKE A SINGLE VARIETY APPLE CIDER LIKE NORTHERN SPY.
We source our apples and other ingredients locally and directly from Northeast growers.
Our network of farmers stretch no further than a 150 mile radius! We like to keep things close to home and know exactly where our product is coming from. These wonderful, hardworking hometown heroes really are the backbone of our company.
Our growers literally hand pick every single apple we use in our cider.
JEFF FROM HALLOW HERB FARM SUPPLIES US WITH FRESH TULSI.
THESE ARE THE CRANBERRIES THAT MAKE OUR AMERICRAN CIDER SO DELICIOUS. THANK YOU VERMONT CRANBERRY COMPANY.
BEES FROM NORTHERN ORCHARD, SUPPLYING US WITH HONEY FOR OUR B CIDER.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE HOPS WE USE IN THE LAKE HOPPER. LOCALLY SOURCED FROM HOMESTEAD HOPS FARM.
Check out our orchards page to see a full map of where our ingredients are sourced from. We’re proud to represent these hardworking companies.
They pick the hard way.
Now that you know what we’re all about and how it works here at Citizen Cider, we want YOU to Take Time to Pick. It’s your turn to be a hometown hero, support a company that supports local farmers.
We will never compromise and we hope you won’t either! This Harvest season get to know the authenticity of our process and as always, Be A GOOD CITIZEN!