Check out the process it takes to get from one "little twig" all the way to a delicious, cold glass of hand pressed cider on the farm.
Quick apple tutorial here: Apple seeds, when planted, will not produce their mother variety. Each seed will grow into a new and different type of apple. To reproduce a variety, like a MacIntosh for example, the grower must cut a small section new wood (called a scion) from the preferred existing tree and graft it onto another apple tree or onto apple root stock. Matt has grafted scions from many rare and fine cider apple varieties onto the heartiest of root stocks, giving them the best chance to flourish in the north country.
Scions can be grafted onto three types of root stocks - dwarf, semi-dwarf or standard. Dwarfs and semi-dwarfs produce fruit sooner, but are short-lived compared to the standard. Our trees are of the standard size and will take about eight years to begin to produce significant crops. These trees, with proper care and husbandry, will be standing and bearing rare fruits for a hundred years or more.