Elizabeth Ryan: Cider Talk

Elizabeth Ryan: Cider Talk


Elizabeth Ryan, Renowned Cidermaker and Owner of Stone Ridge Orchard and Breezy Hill Orchard

Elizabeth Ryan has a degree in Pomology from Cornell University and has studied cider making in England. An original GrowNYC Greenmarket farmers, she received the Cornucopia award from Stone Barns Center. Her products can be found in Greenmarkets and Fulton Stall Market.


Elizabeth Ryan comes from farming family, starting with her great-great grandfather in Iowa but credits her own interest in farming to a generation of distance: “I come from a long line of farmers that skipped a generation. Those of us that didn’t grow up on the farm perhaps had a more romantic view of it. So, for me, there was a certain amount of passion that tripled my interest in agriculture.” Today, equipped with a degree in pomology from Cornell University, Elizabeth owns and operates an expansive farm under the name Breezy Hill Orchard.

Breezy Hill Orchard has been growing highly flavored fruit in the heart of the Hudson Valley since 1949. Located in one of the most famous landscapes of America, Breezy Hill grows a range of believed heirloom fruit varieties as well as some of the most flavorful newer ones. With Elizabeth at the helm, the orchard maintains a long-standing commitment to sustainable agriculture and local green economies. The orchard is home to about 50 varieties of apples, about 8 varieties of pears, peaches, plums, nectarines. Breezy Hill also offers a full line of completely homemade fresh fruit pies, baked goods, salsas, chutneys, AND fresh apple, pears, and apple raspberry ciders, AND, some European style ciders.

Breezy Hill was a founding farm member of the Union Square Green Market, a farmers market that’s really considered a flagship in the United States.  Elizabeth credits this market outlet with a lot of the businesses initial success: “One of the advantages that we get is that we get incredible instant feedback from our customers about anything we make. It is awfully good to do that kind of test marketing and figure out whether the public agrees with something that you think is a wonderful idea – that’s called market validation.” With this kind market savvy, not to mention seriously high quality fruit, customers can be assured that they will never go wrong with a tasty treat from Breezy Hill.


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