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Episode 24: Did you know that NWA used to have a lot of Apple Orchards? The guys at Black Apple Crossing did

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On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Leo Orpin one of the founders of Black Apple Crossing in Downtown Springdale and Manuel Tejeda, the event coordinator. Leo is proud that Black Apple Crossing is the first Cidery in the Natural State. In a few short years, they have perfected the cider process and invoked some of the historical aspects of apple production in this region. Who knew that NWA used to be the epicenter of Apple production in this part of the country? Leo and his partners at Black Apple Crossing are trying to revive the Apple Orchards of the Ozarks one Apple variety at a time.  

Black Apple Crossing is a great place to go and enjoy any of the varieties of Cider that they produce. You can also bring your Growlers or purchase cans of Cider to take home.  You can purchase Black Apple Crossing Cider in local stores including Sam’s Club and Ozark Natural Foods, Whole Foods in and around NWA, and they are in more than 100 establishments between here and Little Rock.  

The sky is the limit for this Cidery and Leo, and his partners are putting NWA and the World on notice that they are here to stay! 


Picture of Cider and Digital Recorder

Important Links and Mentions on the Show*

Website for Black Apple Crossing

Black Apple Crossing on Facebook

Website for Cafe Rue Orleans

Website for Tusk and Trotter

Website for Press Room

Website for The Preacher’s Son

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