When Kenny Crandell exclaims that "The dishes are done, man" in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, we completely identify with his glee and satisfaction at accomplishing the task at hand. On December 24, we were able to exclaim, "The cidery is done, man!" After six months of destruction, rebuilding, and finishing touches, the build-out of our ciderhouse is complete, with all appropriate licenses in hand. Hip hip hooray! We'd love to share a few highlights:
For us, this project had many facets. With the generous help of our friends, many of the tasks were successfully completed. The ell, the home of our cidery, was a rough space that needed a complete overhaul: new floor (thank you Issac Osterhaut and Cat DeSimone), new studs and framing (thank you to the ever handy Mike Anderson and Spencer Dudley for your experience and assistance with this), new heat pump (via Goggin Energy), insulation, walls, paint, plumbing, hybrid water heater, 3-bay and hand-washing sinks, and doors. We were even able to get our deer fence up around the orchard before winter set in! Dr Liz, our intelligent, methodical, and steadfast friend, helped decipher the gate directions (and possibly kept our marriage off the rocks!). An unseasonably warm December with its 50-degree days filled with sunshine bolstered our spirits and allowed the concrete to set!
All in all, a bounty of good fortune and friends helped us find fruition in the undertakings of our year. Thank you all!
And now we are moving on to bigger and better things. Like crafting cider. Throwing parties. Planting more apple trees. Creating a tasting room. Bottling and selling our product in restaurants and stores. Celebrating with family and friends. As always, we are downright bubbling about the possibilities that lie ahead!
Look for more details soon about our upcoming Spring Open House! Cheers!
...to the Belstar Orchards Blog. We will use this space to gather our thoughts, provide tidbits and tips, and let you know what's going on, with the hopes of bonding and strengthening our community: those who enjoy good food and drink, good friends, and good times. We heartily encourage feedback and comments.