Cider: From Apple to Bottle, an Overview of this Emerging Industry

  • 25 Mar 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI

PUBLIC WELCOME!

Michigan State University Extension, AgBioResearch, the Michigan Cider Association, and the Benzie Manistee Horticulture Society presents

The educational session cost is $20 and the dinner is also $20.  Checks can be made payable to the Benzie Manistee Horticultural Society.  Please call the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center to reserve a spot at this meeting:  231-946-1510

1:00-1:30        Overview of Michigan Cider Industry

Paul Vander Heide, Vander Mill Ciders and MCA President, Spring Lake, MI

1:30-1:50       The Role of the New National Organization--United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM)

Mike Beck, USACM President and Uncle John’s Cider Mill, Saint Johns, MI  

1:50-2:20      Developing Modern Apple Systems for Producing Cider Fruit

                   Neil MacDonald, Orchard GroundCare, Amsterdam, U.K.

2:20-3:00       Factors influencing Decisions to Plant Varieties Specifically for the Cider Market

Kevin VerSnyder, VerSnyder Fruit Farms, Lake Leelanau, MI

Andy Sietsema, Sietsema Orchards, Ada, MI

3:00-3:30      Thinking About Opening a Cidery?  Checklist for Getting Started

Dan Young, Tandem Ciders, Suttons Bay, MI

                       

3:30-3:45      BREAK

3:45-4:15       Big Sellers Out of the Tasting Room:  Consumer Preferences Now and

Into the future

Andy Sietsema, Sietsema Orchards, Ada, MI

                     Dan Young, Tandem Ciders, Suttons Bay, MI

          Mike Beck, Uncle John’s Cider Mill, Saint Johns, MI

4:15-4:45      Thinking About Packaging Cider to Make Money

                     Mike Beck, Uncle Johns Cider Mill, Saint Johns, MI

Paul Vander Heide, Vander Mill Ciders, Spring Lake, MI

4:45-6:00      Cider Tasting

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