Category Archives: Landscapes

The Levels

It’s November, and we’ve had our first snow here in Indiana.  After the immersive and intensive dive into NY Cider Week, it’s been nice let my mind drift back to England as I spend time transcribing more interviews.  Somehow, I … Continue reading

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Rhode Island: Vanishing Orchards Film

At the 2013 American Folklore Society annual conference held in Providence, Rhode Island two weeks ago, there was, miraculously, a session on Rhode Island orchard traditions.  Ann Hoog from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress was on … Continue reading

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New York Orchard and Cidery Car Trip

I got on the train back upstate and felt a wave of relief.  New York City is exciting but hard work.  I don’t know how you all do it down there in the City, day in and day out?  I … Continue reading

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Cider Foragers

Foraging Follow-up to the post about Aaron Burr Ciders:  As I was driving up NY 97 along the Delaware River, I noticed quite a lot of roadside apple trees laden with fruit just north of Hankins and south of Hancock.  … Continue reading

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NY Cider Week: Meet the Cider Maker – Aaron Burr Cider’s Andy Brennan @ Proletariat

Crowded into a long narrow bar in the East Village called the Proletariat, where a steady stream of changing craft beers on tap lures beer geeks, a group of about 20-30 folks waited in the dim glow for the arrival … Continue reading

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Lost Fruit

Sometimes you wish to curl up Inside the skin of something lost, perhaps a grape still hanging on the vine after the frost where you can soak up the autumn sun and sip its sweetness slowly past the equinox. All … Continue reading

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Too many pears, Too little labour

Check out this NPR story on the enormous pear crop and labour shortage in the Pacific Northwest. http://www.npr.org/2013/10/07/230023629/pacific-northwest-farmers-in-search-of-more-workers

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Back at the Broome

I have returned to Broome Farm for a visit about six months after my departure, and it’s almost like I never left.  So lovely to slip right back into drinking some amazing cider outside the cellar with the regulars at … Continue reading

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Preamble, With Feeling

I was encountering some writer’s block as I’ve been trying to work my way into writing, and today a conversation with a colleague unlocked some words for me.  Here’s the result. One summer afternoon in July, 2013, I was sitting … Continue reading

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