Black Diamond Cider was started in 2014 by Jackie and Ian Merwin, owners of Black Diamond Farm, a family-owned orchard on the west slope of Cayuga Lake in Upstate NY. We grow all of the fruit that goes into our ciders. The orchard contains over 100 varieties of apples and pears—many of them rare heirlooms and European varieties selected especially for their cider making qualities.
With the help of a few dedicated employees, family members and friends, Black Diamond farm has been producing high quality heirloom, modern and European cider apple varieties for over two decades. Although we only began producing hard cider commercially in 2014, cider making has been a passion of Jackie and Ian’s for more than 30 years.
Many of the heirloom varieties are not only good for cider, but are also excellent for fresh eating and baking. Each fall our market stand is full of may of the apples we grow, many with a flavor unlike any other. The farm also produces a wide range of other fruits including peaches, European and Asian plums, sweet and tart cherries, apricots, blueberries, table and wine grapes, pawpaws and hardy kiwis.
Jonagold was developed in the 1940s and as its name suggests, is a cross between Jonathan and Golden Delicious. It's a crisp apple, with white to slightly creamy flesh. The flavor is sweet but with a lot of balancing acidity - a very pleasant apple for fresh eating.
The King David apple tree is thought to be a cross between Jonathan x Arkansas Black. Ben Frost of Durham, Arkansas discovered the King David apple along a fence row in the late 1800's. King David apple tree is a versatile fruit for cider, pies, sauce, and eating. Its admirers boast that it is the most wonderful eating apple in…