Finger Lakes Cider House
The origins of Finger Lakes Cider House lie in the Good Life Farm, a diverse, certified organic 69-acre farm established in 2008 by Garrett Miller. Back then, the fields were all in corn, wheat and soy; nowadays, they boast vegetables (asparagus), animals (turkeys, geese, cows,horses) and orchard fruit (peaches, pears, and apples).
Cider-making operations began in 2013 with the addition of Matt Gordon and Jimmy Miller (Garrett’s brother) to the team. The classic New York
heirloom, Northern Spy, figures prominently, but a host of other cultivars abound: old English varieties like Dabinett, Chisel Jersey and Margil;
culinary apples such as Cortland and McIntosh, and nearly-forgotten New England varieties like Funkhouse (Ben Davis) and Baldwin. These gnarly,
organically-cultivated trees root in the fertile but shallow glacial soils over shale bedrock that slope gently down to the western shore of Cayuga Lake.