Hard cider has become increasingly popular in Vermont with the advent of many new makers in recent years. But reach back a few decades and you'll find some of the state's earlier producers, including Flag Hill Farm in Vershire.
At their homestead perched on top of a mountain, Sabra Ewing and Sebastian Lousada havest more than 80 varieties of apples (and some pears) for their organic Flag Hill Farm hard ciders and brandies they make on-site. The hard cider market has come a long way since they started in the mid-1990's and, as Vermont Life food editor, Melissa Pasanen, explains in this podcast, Ewing and Lousada didn't originally plan on becoming cider makers back then.
Listen in to hear how a book by Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, Annie Proulx, led the pair down the path of cider making, how they met and what their initial business venture was at the farm.
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