Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery now is offering their hard cider in cans for easier convenience and recyclability. The 300-acre, 150-year-old family farm continues to grow and diversify using their own crops as the primary ingredients for wines and hard ciders, fresh sweet cider, and, wherever possible, in bakery items, ice cream, sauces, salads, and more.
Our flagship blends are Farmhouse Hard Cider and New England Style Hard Cider. Seasonal and special releases so far include Crosby, Lillian, and Burton. Burton W. Bishop’s sons were instrumental in setting out our first orchard of 600 trees in the 1920s. One hundred years later, we have more than 18,000 trees, 800 of which are heirloom and cider varietals used exclusively in our hard cider blends, including Golden Russet, Yarlington Mill, Wickson, and Dabinett.
Wine and cidermaker Keith Bishop makes his products almost exclusively from fruits grown on their farm. His wife Debbie and children, Sarah, Carrie, and Ryan of the sixth generation, all work at the orchard full-time, and the family is supported by more than 100 full and part-time employees. Hard sider production started in 2008, wines in 2005.
The Farm Market is open year-round, including online ordering with curbside pickup, pick-your-own fruits, CSA, and a creamery.
Keith also operates Connecticut’s only cranberry bog. The cranberries sold fresh and used in wine and hard cider.