Finger Lakes Cider House at Good Life Farm is the hub of the hard cider renaissance in New York apple country, but they are about more than cider. “We grow a wildly diverse ecosystem of organic plants, animals, microbes, and ideas,” says Owner Garrett Miller. “We believe that soil health is human health and the roots of good food and drink start in good earth.” With a focus on soil health, Miller and crew planted over 2,400 new apple trees on the farm this Spring and have plans to plant more trees. “We want to fill our pastures with trees that will grow tall and allow grass and livestock to flourish underneath. Trees like black locust and willow. We’d like to take our successes on the farm and keep turning them into more forests for the future. Forests that are dynamic, diverse, carbon sequestering ecosystems; supporting the needs of human beings trying to make this planet a little brighter.”
In their tasting room, visitors enjoy artisan ciders and sparkling wines all produced by the Finger Lakes Cider House. The family-friendly establishment and grounds are open 7 days a week with a daily food menu offering local meats, cheeses, breads, and more. They source almost everything on their food menu from local farms, with some ingredients grown right on their organic farm, Good Life Farm. They have live music every Friday night and Sunday afternoon through the summer months; house made wood-fired pizza every Friday and Saturday; organic u-pick veggies, flowers, hemp, and apples to come. With Summer coming to an end and Autumn just around the corner, their sunflower patch is in full bloom and visitors may even spy a flock of young free-range turkeys roaming the grounds. The farm is not only USDA organic certified, but also Real Organic certified.
Finger Lakes Cider house is located on scenic Route 89 along Cayuga Lake in Interlaken, just north of Ithaca and Trumansburg. Visit the tasting room, enjoy the grounds, or book a stay at The Yurt at FLX Cider House and enjoy the full experience and bounty of the Finger Lakes. Visit fingerlakesciderhouse.com to learn more.