Weed Orchards & Winery is happy to announce its first batch of Homegrown Hard Cider, a balanced brew of sweet and dry. With the help of local craft beverage producer Kristop Brown, Homegrown was brewed here on the fifth generation fruit farm, with its own apples. The next adventure: different types of hard ciders and apple wine, which will be available later this year.
It is not unlikely when visiting Weed Orchards & Winery, a very tall man wearing an old, leather cowboy hat will approach you with a friendly smile and offer you a sample of an apple, right after he breaks it in half with his hands.
At 84 years old, Charles Weed is still farming his grandfather’s land in Milton. He takes pride in the quality and history of the apple trees on his farm. It is not unlikely when visiting Weed Orchards & Winery, a very tall man wearing an old, leather cowboy hat will approach you with a friendly smile and offer you a sample of an apple, right after he breaks it in half with his hands. The importance of meeting and educating the consumer about the fruit they eat is what Charles Weed has passed on to his son John, and now John to his three daughters.
With new generations involved in the family business, there has been quite an evolution. When the Weed family opened its winery in 2014, they wanted to provide their customers with a unique experience. They started out by sampling and selling many local New York State wines, hard ciders and craft beers while they learned about production. The main focus was the food menu, monthly events, and finding local musicians to play every weekend.
What makes this winery even more one-of-a-kind is that during summer and fall months you can pick your own produce. There is a huge selection of vegetables, peaches, plums, apples and more. Weekend festivals include hayrides, outside BBQs, a full bakery, a petting zoo, a large wooden playground for kids, face-painting and now, the Homegrown Hard Cider! Check the website for more details, and a produce schedule.
WEED ORCHARDS and WINERY
43 Mt. Zion Rd.
Marlboro, NY 12542
Nov–May, Sat–Sun, 12–5pm
Pick Your Own Fruit, Aug–Oct,10am–5pm
Check website for holiday schedules
John Weed and Joann Weed
Kristop Brown, John Weed