Inspired by the heritage of their hometown and the great ciders of the world, Shacksbury wants to take you back to the orchard, to celebrate great people and vibrant traditions. Join them in their quest to discover true cider.
Far from ordinary, apples are the most diverse food plant on earth. Unfortunately, only a handful of varieties are cultivated at scale in America, and all of those are designed for eating, not cider making. At Shacksbury, they believe cider can, and should, be daring and complex. From gnarled trees on New England farmsteads to Old World orchards in England and Spain, their cider will change the way you think about this amazing fruit. Shacksbury operates in Vergennes, Vermont - producing dry, food-friendly ciders that protect the flavors of the orchard and celebrate cider fruit varieties.
Old apples offer a striking catalogue of flavors (apples tinged with nutmeg and riesling, mango and nuts) and colors, intriguing qualities that have been trampled in the rush to breed apples brimming with sugar and red pigment.
- Michael Pollan, The New York Times
The apples of America's early cider tradition, lost for a variety of reasons, are not hard to find in Vermont - once you know what you're looking for. Though far less numerous than they once were, the trees materialize around every bend, and over every hill, hiding in plain sight. To Shacksbury, these trees represent a door to another time, and the basis for superior cider.
In the fall of 2013, and each subsequent harvest, they set to find some of these trees. Shacksbury has sampled thousands of apples, fermented cider from over 150 unique trees, and selected twelve varieties to propagate. They have grafted these twelve varieties to over 1,000 trees, marking the beginning of their "Lost Apple Orchard" at Colin's farm and with partners, Sunrise Orchards and Windfall Orchard. Each year, Sharksbury continues to harvest, graft, and plant trees in an effort to expand their source of Lost Apples.
11 Main Street, Vergennes, VT 05491 (the north side of the Kennedy Brothers Building)
Kansas City, KS
Favorite Cider Apple:
Lost Apple #36
Lost and Found with a KC strip
Favorite Cider Apple:
The Classic with Twig's Tomme
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