Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery
We are a small Certified Organic orchard and hard cidery in Ashfield Massachusetts (Directions). We are growing apples with a holistic bent, taking into account the health of the flora and fauna as part of the orchard system, staying away from the use of broad spectrum pesticides. From September to mid October we have hard cider and tastings as well as apples available for pick your own and ready pick with different varieties that are ready at different times throughout our fall season.
We are continuing to develop our sustainable orchard management practices, which go beyond organic pest-control methods to include attention to ecological cycles in the orchard. Orchard management of this type is still in its infancy and it involves a lot of experimenting, and trial and error. Weather and yearly pest pressure varies greatly and will affect fruit quantity and quality.
We are a new and growing orchard; we appreciate your patience and suggestions as we grow.
First time yesterday and we'll be back again and again. Beautiful area, nice people and great fruits and ciders. Worth the trip from wherever you are. If you worry about the cost of organic apples, do a little research on how much pesticide is in and on your apples from your local farmers market. You won't feed them to your kids again.
If you like hard apple cider, this is a great place to visit. We've been here a couple of times and have been very impressed by the quality of their wild fermented ciders. The owners are friendly and very knowledgeable. For CiderDays in November they put on workshops and they invite the public for tastings.
Some of the best hard cider I've ever had. The pick your own apples are astronomically expensive compared to other local orchards(this may be due to being organic but 25 dollars a peck is crazy expensive)