Farnum Hill Cider on NPR’s All Things Considered (Audio)


New Hampshire Public Radio’s Avishay Artsy came to the orchard in the fall to record some sights and sounds. His piece played across the country, and even made it on to “All Things Considered.”

Here’s an excerpt:

In New England, the tradition of making and drinking artisan cider goes back to the Founding Fathers.

Now, a New Hampshire apple grower is hoping to revive the American cider tradition and provide a lifeline to struggling farmers.

On a late fall day, the production floor at Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, N.H., bustles. A half-dozen seasonal employees from Jamaica grind the apples, press the juice and add yeast.

Owner Steve Wood began converting his orchards to cider apples 20 years ago. Red Delicious apples from Washington state and cheap imports from China were flooding the market.

“You know, we were growing the same fruit and getting the same praise we had done before, but we weren’t getting as much money, and it was clear we couldn’t keep doing it,” said Wood.

Many apple growers switched to other crops. In two decades, the acreage of apple trees in New Hampshire dropped by nearly half, to 2,100. So Wood hatched a plan: recruit other apple growers to resurrect New England’s long-dormant hard cider tradition.

The full story, and a great photo gallery (complete with Steve in his favorite red hat) can be found on the NPR site here.

We’ve also embedded the audio story below, so give a listen if you have a moment!

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