It all began in 2015 when husband and wife team, Josh and Kelly, realized the lack of hand crafted hard ciders in the area. Throughout history and folklore, the Richland County area is heralded for its rich apple-growing heritage with the work of legendary John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Recognizing this unique heritage and the importance of hard cider throughout history, 5 Penny Hard Cider aims to revive the beverage in north central Ohio.

Despite the legend and lore, Johnny Appleseed was quite a savvy businessman. According to local historical sources, John Chapman owned land somewhere along the southern Richland/Ashland county line. He spent a good deal of his life in the Richland County valley. It was there he operated his farm, in which he sold apple seeds and seedlings for planting to farmers. He is said to have charged a ‘5 Penny bit’ for his seedlings.

Embracing Johnny Appleseed’s influence in the beverage, 5 Penny Hard Cider strives to not only provide the area with quality hard cider, but also to educate residents on the hard cider process. Created by Richland County natives, 5 Penny Hard Cider firmly believes in sourcing all their ingredients locally – from ground to glass.

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