John Frishkopf

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Not currently farming

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Establishing a brandy distillery, which will use traditional French methods, in Columbia County. I am seeking orchard and vineyard land for the production of apple and grape brandy.  The land can have vineyards/orchards or can be suitable for growing.  Ideally 40 to 50 acres of each. An array of arrangements are possible, from outright purchase to lease-to-own to purchase with a multi-year orchard/vineyard management contract.

Description of marketing method:

Fruit will be crushed, fermented into wine/cider and then distilled and aged.  Direct spirits sales at the distillery and farmers markets, sales through distributors outside local region.

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Columbia

Desired acreage:

11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Fruits

Description of livestock/crops:

Vineyards and/or apple orchards, with other fruit trees (pear, apricot, peach, plum, and cherry) a secondary priority.

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

Purchase of orchard/vineyard could include an ongoing management agreement.  Lease to own and other partnership options also considered.

Additional Information

Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?

Yes

Experience description:

No personal farm experience. Distilling and winemaking training.

Partners/consultants have farm owner/farm management/farm employee experience.