Small, but mighty.
Troy Lehman, co-founder/owner
Troy grew up on Big Hill and spent his childhood riding bikes and "skiing" through the orchards. In his previous life he was an auto technician, shop foreman and a service manager. He started making cider and wine in 2002 and has tried all different techniques and varietals. When not at the cidery, Troy is working hard on his own farm - Rex Farms Orchards - or selling his produce at Kennett Square and West Chester farmers markets.
Ben Kishbaugh, co-founder/owner
A dream of farming from childhood brought Ben back home to Central PA. He garnered a passion for home brewing while living in Detroit and dove further into craft beer while working at Pinocchio's Beer Garden (Media, PA). His fashion choices are questionable and it's not uncommon to find him in ill-sized garments. Outside the cidery, he is an avid outdoorsman and still likes to tinker in the garage.
Kyle is a native of Adams County, growing up in nearby York Springs. He graduated with a degree in music but then started a career in Special Education. After fourteen years of teaching, Kyle joined the team in 2015. Outside of Big Hill, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing music and enjoying the outdoors.
Born in New York but raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Mike comes to Big Hill most recently from Chicago, where he worked in fine dining and private event management. Not only responsible for the majority of our equipment damage, but he currently holds the record for leaving the hand truck at deliveries (8).
Nora, orchard watchdog
Nora moved to Big Hill in 2013. Her role in the orchards was established when she caught her first groundhog, those pesky rodents that plague farmers and their tractors. She also enjoys "hunting" birds, squirrels, rabbits and cats. She's never been successful at catching any, but hey - a girl can dream.
You may find Nora enthusiastically greeting visitors to Big Hill. Don't let her size scare you, she's a gentle giant.
Follow Nora's favorite nap spots on Instagram: Where Nora Sleeps.