We will be closed Saturday, October 23 to celebrate the life, and mourn the loss of our family friend. Over the years we have been blessed to welcome so many dear souls to our farm family. Some of those relationships continue, and deepen over time. And we have the great privilege to meet our farm family's family. What need we do to show how much we appreciate this connection? Support our dear ones. Share the comfort of our presence. Share our farm to allow the family to comfort each other, and take comfort in the beauty around us.
Please come on by Sunday the 24th. We'll be very happy to see you.
We miss your smile! And we are committed to doing everything we can to protect our most vulnerable community members. This has been and unimaginably difficult year and we are all looking forward to weaving a safe, post-pandemic life.
We will be happy to greet you outside without our masks. If you would prefer to have us mask up when we interact with you just say the word.
Please continue to wear your mask when coming indoors.
Our primary seating will be outside. We will have limited, well-ventilated distanced seating options inside the tasting room.
We look forward to seeing how the relaxed guidelines in the broader community affect the overall Covid-19 case numbers. Our primary obligation is to help keep each other safe. Thank you for helping us do that.
~Lori & Eric
Chef Bryan Voltaggio is preparing a special pairing menu featuring Willow Oaks' cider. Click on the link below for reservations.
Love Local Dinner SeriesLove Local Dinner series highlights a local craft beverage business each week on Wednesdays & Thursdays. Chef Bryan prepares a custom 3-course menu paired with drinks from our local breweries, distilleries, & wineries. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcome. The menu is available both indoor and outdoor and it comes at a fixed cost of $65, with the paired drinks included.
Cautiously peeking out over the tops of our masks we are looking forward to welcoming cider fans back to Willow Oaks. We are open Saturdays & Sundays, 11am-5pm for flights, glasses, and bottle sales on the deck.
The weather is growing colder, the winds are blowing, and we're all working hard to keep each other safe by limiting our seating to outside, tucked under the patio heaters. Through December we will be open for curbside pickup and bottle sales - Saturdays only 11-4. As always we are happy to arrange pickup or local delivery on another day or time. https://country-pleasures-farm.square.site
Wash those hands, wear a mask and keep social distance.
While the weather is still fair we will be open Saturday & Sunday 11-4. Though we are technically allowed to have seating inside, we have only been serving cider flights out on our deck, and in our garden. And there's cowTV! The last couple weeks of November look to be perfectly sunny, autumnal weather.
Outside is the safest space for visiting with friends during the pandemic. Willow Oaks is continuing to be vigilant about mask wearing and sanitizing.
Stay safe, wash your hands, wear a mask.
Our farm was originally a land grant from the King of England to the ancestors of the Harley family. One of the family's decedents told us that during the Civil War the Harleys sheltered their horses and other livestock under the rock ledges on Catoctin Creek. For the last several years a pair of Bald Eagles have made their nest in a Sycamore tree along our little stretch of Catoctin Creek and watched over the "keep".
Drawing on these stories, this series of dessert wines inherit their names from the roots of our land and those who have called this place home.
We grow, pick, press and ferment our fruit. The long, cool fermentation and aging in “neutral” French Oak barrels takes 2 years. We choose some fermented cider and perry to take to our friends at McClintock Distillery, where they distill it into spirits for us. The distilled spirits are mixed with cider or perry, along with fermenting fresh juice. This new mix is then aged in American Oak. Similar to a port wine in structure, the distilled spirits added to fermenting juice halts the fermentation process allowing us to retain some fruit sweetness without adding sulfites.
Centuries of caring for the land and its history - 30 years from soil to sapling, harvest to bottle - 4.5 years from harvest to bottle.
Willow Oaks craft cider – serving history
Harley's Keep- label artwork by Linda Harrison-Parsons
Elegant, oak aged apple wine
Silky, richly flavored organic pear wine.
Organic blueberries and apples
Organic blackberries and apples
$1.00 per sample to add to your standard cider tasting
$7.00 per glass
See you in the Spring! We are closed this weekend 12/28-29 and will be open by appointment January-April
Well, 2019 certainly has zoomed by. Eric and Lori want to thank our community for its support again this year. We will be open 12/21-22 to help you celebrate the holidays and cheer in 2020. Our fabulous new bottlings of Harley's Keep, our "pommeau" apple dessert wine and Bequest, our pear wine will make a fine addition to your holiday table and may just make a nice gift for the craft beverage lover on your list.
Remember, we always host an array of fine artists' work as well as pottery, jewelry and other handcrafts. You could go to the mall, but why? Support small businesses and independent artists and shop local!
We will be open by appointment only January-March 2020.
Varietal ciders honoring the intrepid families who settled US land grants
Required to make improvements on their claim, homesteaders built small structures, farmed their fields and planted orchards. Planting apple trees demonstrated commitment that these new homesteaders would stay-that apple tree would not fruit until many years after planting.
Commitment to the promise of the future.
One of our very favorite apples shines in this single varietal cider. A southern Appalachian heritage apple that has been in production since 1830. Sweet, tart and tannic, a perfect balance in a cider apple.
Roxbury Russet is believed to be the first apple cultivated by American settlers. Roxbury is joined by its cousin Golden Russet to create this etherial varietal cider. Smooth, silky, crisp and balanced. 7-8% abv
The Newtown Pippin originated in what is now Manhattan in the early 1700’s. It soon became one of the most widely planted varieties in the colonies and was favored by George Washington. Thomas Jefferson grew so many at Monticello it was renamed the Albemarle Pippin. Rich, full-flavored varietal cider with a smooth, tannic finish. 7-8% abv
Confluence: a gathering or flowing together. Our Confluence is the merging of two venerable heritage cider apples, Winesap and Mr. Jefferson’s favorite apple Esopus Spitzenburg. Brilliant apple aroma, rounded and complex with silky tannins. 7-8% abv.