Started in 2014, Wayside Cider is a collaboration between Alex Wilson and Irene Hussey. From hand picking apples through to bottling our final product, we handle every stage of the process, including, of course, sharing a glass of our cider with friends. While our methods might take longer, so do all the best things in life. Our blend of wild, heirloom, and dessert apples merges past and present to create a uniquely Delaware County cider.
Our inspiration - taste from the hills
Bucking the current cider trend of looking to Europe for inspiration and apple cultivars, we are focused on making modern American ciders that draw on the history and topography of the place where we live. We pick and graft the wild and abandoned trees with the aim of preserving the past while embracing modern production methods to produce a cider unique to this region.
We have found the wild apples produce much less juice than their cultivated cousins, but we hope you will agree that the complexity and unique flavors of these little fellas make all the effort worthwhile.
Wayside Cider is fortunate to have a orchard and nursery on High Meadows Farm, in East Delhi. The farm, owned by John and Laura Hussey, got its start raising Suffolk Punch Draft Horses before expanding into other rare and heritage farm breeds. These days the horses are all but retired, and the farm has shifted its focus to pigs, breeding both Tamworth and Gloucester Old Spots. This works well for the cidery, as the pigs make an excellent waste management team, eating up all of our spent apple pressings. The farm also includes an organic garden, the produce from which can be found at several local stores.www.highmeadowssuffolks.com
Photos by Natalie Chitwood: www.nataliechitwood.com