98 Poverty Lane, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766

(603) 448-1511

Upcoming Events

We're closing out the 2019 retail season at NOON tomorrow, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. That's what's best for all our hard-working Poverty Lane Orchards peeps, so that's what's happening. Have a happy Thanksgiving holiday! Thanks to everyone who came up Farnum Hill to visit the orchards!

 

Well, the weather outside is frightful! Inside, our 2019 fermentations are quieting down. For a few weeks there, the cider room was filled with loud bubbling noises of busy fermentation. (We're trying to figure out how to post a bit of audio but for now you'll have to take our word for it!) Anyway here are a few of our nicer-looking tanks and a bunch of barrels, all sending out the occasional bubble, showing the last stages of fermentation are still happening. At Farnum Hill we ferment our stellar cider juices just once. We think that's the best way to make dry ciders that express the delightful character of the particular apples we grow here.

So if we ever get any malolactic ferment, or secondary ferment, or (ack!) acetic ferment, those are blunders here on Farnum Hill. Other excellent cider-makers intentionally take their juices through one or more  further fermentations, but here we love the fresh, fruity, bracing, bright, complex flavors that arise from one (slow, cool) fermentation per batch. So that's what's happening right now... More later!

We'll have newsier news soon. The apples are in, the cider-pressing goes on, we'll get some details up in this space ASAP, in case you'd like to read more about the harvest. Thanks for stopping by!

We're now well into our harvest retail season. Still loads of snappy Macs & Cortlands on the trees, not to mention spectacular Macouns. Also - while they last - you can pick Ribston Pippin, Wickson and Calville Blanc d'hiver in the top rows of our Big Stearns orchard. For those you must use your own judgment: taste one and decide whether to pick more!

Not picking? Check the retail stand for bagged Macs, Corts. Macouns, Gala, Jonogold, Elstar, two kinds of pears and more. ALWAYS CALL 603/448-1511 for the latest varieties in from the field. No way we can keep this website current with the day-to-day real-life harvest

Every week is different during the harvest! Come see what's coming in: 9-6 weekdays, 10-5 weekends and holidays.

As the fall goes on, more and more delicious pick-your-own and ready-picked fruit comes on! Read more

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Pick-Your-Own customers FYI:

This year we're pushing you to bring your own containers by charging money for the bags you get at the farm. Obviously we do not want to sell bags, so please: anything you have that holds apples. Take those containers into the fields, and pick into'em.

There will be a convenient place for weighing your container so we can subtract that weight when you check out.  Even if you pick into cast-iron kettles it will be cheaper than getting bags from us! (If this effort works, maybe we'll collect photos of wacky containers! But first it has to work.)

We've been having very interesting talks with the people who run Lebanon's recycling/landfill operation. They are pressing their Refill Not Landfill campaign, and we want to help.

There are surprising stories attached to every daily disposal decision. We'll try to present those stories in a helpful way for those who want to take a look. So when you get here there should be some informative posters up.

See you soon!  Link here to Farm-stand

Farnum Hill’s second run of Farmhouse 12-oz four-packs is nearly gone! The next run is scheduled!

Our first canning venture in 2018 went so well that in Summer  2019 we canned three times as much Farmhouse. That batch of canned Farmhouse has flowed out through New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, and Chicago. So our courage is up, can-wise, for Round 3.

Update on Odd Crush – So the special collaboration released just a few months ago went out pretty well. We're trying to find out where it might still be available, so far no luck. In case you run across Odd Crush, here's the description: http://www.woodchuck.com/cider/odd-crush/ ! And let us know where you spotted it!

Back in the 1990’s Farnum Hill began making and promoting small-scale hand-made orchard ciders in local markets while Woodchuck was making novel, variously flavored “six-pack” ciders, sold nationwide. From New Hampshire and Vermont, this odd duo showed the way toward today’s wildly diverse, country-wide American cider industry! Now, twenty-odd years on, we’re looking around and saluting each other in this special cider, which brings together our different styles, different techniques, and our different apples in a deliciously “Odd Crush.”

These photos show apple trees being changed from one kind of apple to another. See the little leafy stub sticking out from the main stem of this tree? That stub will become the whole new top of the tree! Here, we’re working this switcheroo on about 1200 trees, through the magic of grafting.