COOKOUT THIS FRIDAY AT THE FARM | IRONS IN THE FIRE
Responsibly sourced, wood-fire cooked meals, by industry professionals, for any occasion. Friday’s Menu-
MUSIC ON THE FARM THIS SATURDAY | Dania Marin-Gavilan and Helen Forsythe
Two amazing local artists playing separate sets!
Helen Forsythe was born and raised in Southern Minnesota, playing the banjo and singing songs since she was 7 years old. Based in Northfield, MN, she is both a teacher and a performer of folk and bluegrass banjo playing and singing.
Mira Mira (Dania MG) is a musical endeavor aimed to share stories about place and identity. My hope is that my disposition can channel through and into the sounds created. Through both fiction and biographical narratives, I like to explore the stories, questions, and feelings that compel me every day into acoustic tunes. I hope you enjoy a song or two.
ENTIRELY WILD SPONTANEOUS YEAST SINCE 2017
Which means we taste like Minnesota.
We’re excited to share this favorite. A bright yet earthy, slightly tannic cider made with wild yeasts and a unique blend of local organic apples.
An Explorers Delight
Think of the perfect cider for weathering a storm at a pub in Scotland.
Hints of toffee, rose, leather, medium body. Wild yeast and apples from one Minnesota orchard. Plum Crazy.
Wild is our zippy, full spirited cider. bright eyed and bushy tailed. Local dessert and crab apples fermented with native yeasts. Aged 7 months in stainless tanks then bottled and conditioned with residual sugars for natural bubble.
We taste sour tropical fruit, wildflowers, and a bit of wood.
A Perfect Touch of Berry
Aged on black currants and aronia berries from our farm. Sweetened with fresh cider from our press.
Learn how the apples are grown and the cider is made
A lot of thought goes into sourcing and growing our apples. Nate can be found ranging between technical and philosophical. This is an art from start to finish and there’s something new to learn every time you visit.
Draft and bottled cider at the source
Come to the tasting room and try our full line of ciders, including special batches only available at the cidery. Ciders will range from medium sweetnes to bone dry, from tannic apple to sour cherry, from sparkling to still. Each has its own voice and story- All from local fruit, unfiltered, and ready to enjoy!
There’s all kinds of local fare to nibble or devour. Imagine if each of your neighbors raised and grew a different savory treat. They pack up the freshest of their cheese, vegetables, and pastries to cart over to a cozy parlor every day. At the cidery, one of us will lovingly combine all these local ingredients into scrumptious toasties, soups, and more.
Our newest experiments available in flights
ALL THE PLACES
with our cider
They changed my mind about cider. Thanks for serving up tasty beverages and education about making cider!Kathy M.
Best cider, and the best kind of “apple nerds”. Period.Mark S.
TAP ROOMS • BOTTLE PURCHASE • FARM VISIT
Our Cider Club is a throwback to our days working on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms.
You support us financially during the growing and pressing season and then reap the benefits
Members are integral in the success of our small family business crafting natural Ciders. We have members that have been with us from the start and have become part of our Keepsake Family!
WHO WE ARE
We are a family owned cidery, orchard, and tasting room.
Our aim is to produce delicious, high quality cider from simple ingredients and time honored methods.
UW Midwest Apple Growers Class
MOSES Organic University Orchard Course
Cider and Perry Academy
Appreciation & Sensory Analysis
Principles & Practice
Certified Cider Professional level 1
Born and raised in the upper Midwest on a small farm in the woods. Through young adulthood she developed a firm belief in hard work, the power of community, and a deep respect for the earth. After joining forces with Nate, they built their life around those philosophies, putting down roots (literally) in the Cannon Valley Region of Minnesota.
Jump in and ask her about the detritus in the woods, or almost any nuanced question on the region. It’s a great free education for the seekers and listeners.
Orchardists in training, Tristan & Fiona, were born just before Keepsake and keep busy chasing butterflies and eating apples. When Tracy is not working on the farm, raising kids or slinging cider, she works as an Emergency Medicine Doctor.
Weather the Storm
Many a storm has come through, but the dense foliage has helped protect our orchard, home, and tasting room.
We are a ZONE 4 growing region, meaning it can get pretty darn cold. Interestingly, it can also be extremely hot. Weather and farming in Minnesota is a challenging roller coaster, but also contributes to great apple orchard health.
Frosty winters do a number on pests, aiding in organic farming practices. Cool nights in the fall are perfect for apples. The apples react to tough conditions in interesting ways, and you’ll taste it in our cider.
Surrounded by the Cannon River Wilderness Park, we are constantly in sight of old growth forest. Basswood, oak, maple, elm, and ash are the dominant species, but there is a diverse number of flora in the park, including the wild apple! The forest is a big reason we live here. We are lucky to have the protection from the wind and the constant calming presence that only a giant tree can bring.
Other less common neighbors are skunks, badgers, pheasants, praying mantis’, wood frogs, wood turtles, and great horned owls. All are welcome except for a few pests in the orchard. In fact we gauge the health of the orchard and farm on how much wildlife we see!