ALTAMONT, N.Y. (NEWS10) – At 6 a.m. on Monday morning, beekeeper Mark Rulison delivered several hives to Indian Ladder Farms to pollinate blooming apple trees. They were strategically placed throughout the orchard.

The bees come from Rulison Honey Farm in Amsterdam. Their activity every year prompts a natural chain of events that ultimately produces the sweet and hard cider at Indian Ladder Farms.

The brewery’s orchard and sustainable growing practices adhere to the Eco Apple program. Crab apple plants are interspersed throughout the orchards to enable the cross-pollination that produces apples.

This spring, Indian Ladder Farms is offering Cross Pollinator—a hard cider that incorporates crab apple tartness—in honor of the bees’ cross-pollination process necessary to a healthy crop.

Indian Ladder Farms says they expect the hives to be among their fields for about a week.