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GROWING PASSION

Sharon Springs couple looking to revive traditional cidermaking

Mike Guidice is living his dream in Sharon Springs. Making cider, which was just a hobby 3-4 years ago, is now a passion and soon to be a reality. Guidice and his family bought a Colonial built in 1799 that sits on over 20 acres of land. Now, he's growing cider specific apples on his farm and joining the cider-making revival. Here, he stands in one of his barns.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Mike Guidice is living his dream in Sharon Springs. Making cider, which was just a hobby 3-4 years ago, is now a passion and soon to be a reality. Guidice and his family bought a Colonial built in 1799 that sits on over 20 acres of land. Now, he's growing cider specific apples on his farm and joining the cider-making revival. Here, he stands in one of his barns.
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The apple trees Michael Guidice planted are barely more than twigs sprouting mint-green leaves, but when he looks at them, he sees history.

He and his family moved from downtown Albany to their 25-acre Sharon Springs farm three months ago with a dream of growing heirloom apples and using them to make hard cider — a drink once familiar to the American dinner table.

“Our presidents, the first 10 of them, were all cidermakers. ...

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