Image: Lori and Eric Rice with fruit liquor bottles, smiling.

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Country Pleasures Farm

Willow Oaks craft cider & wine

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Country Pleasures Farm: an orchard blossoms

Our Story Continues …

Willow Oaks craft cider and Wine: small batch, barrel fermented

Eric Rice planted

… the first apples on the slopes of the cornfields at Country Pleasures Farm 30 years ago. Blueberries, black currants, tart cherries, pears followed.

Photo: Ripe cherries hang from a tree branch
Photo: Hops ready for harvest

When Eric first inquired about making hard cider on the farm there was no infrastructure to support it. Cider was not wine or beer, there was no way to license us.

Thanks to the hard work of the Maryland Wineries Association, there is now a vibrant and growing community for us!

Photo: Lori and Eric Rice stand behind the bar of their brewery, ready to serve
Lori and Eric Rice

photos of our craft

In the News: selected press clippings