On each bottle of Willow Oaks hard cider there is a unique statement on the label: “Made with organic apples.”
Lori and Eric Rice have operated an organic orchard in Middletown since the 1980s, growing American heirloom apples and now making — for the fourth year — hard cider.
The apple harvest was well underway on Oct. 1 at Country Pleasures Farm as the first colors of fall were beginning to appear on the leaves and a shiver of cool air blew over the mountains. Unlike other orchards in the state and East Coast, the Rices’ farm has never been touched by a chemical pesticide or fungicide.
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