We are passionate about cider: the craft & the culture. We believe in the connection to community building and environmental stewardship.
These are some of the values that are fundamental to our business and to us as individuals:
Respecting & Acknowledging History
We believe it is important to recognize that the place we live and grow apples is Treaty 6 territory and and a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, and Nakota Sioux Peoples. Domestic apple production in North America is a product of colonialism. We believe in respecting this land including the histories, languages, and cultures of both the indigenous peoples and settlers that have called, and continue to call this land home. We naturally have a relationship with the land by living on it, and this relationship can be nurtured by respecting history as we grow fruit.
Local Ingredients and Hardy Fruit
We believe in using locally grown fruit as much as possible. There are many apples that grow in Edmonton that make great cider. There are also many other fruits and edible plants that grow here. We are always discovering new local ingredients that we can incorporate into our experiments. Even when can’t grow everything we need on the land available to us and need to look a bit farther, we always use cold hardy fruit that could survive in our climate.
Local food, drink, and craft industry play a huge role in the development of communities and a sense of place. Local craft foods and beverages link our social experiences with the land we live on. We use local food as an opportunity to give back to our community – whether that is helping a senior prune their apple tree when they can’t afford it or by donating to the Edmonton Food Bank.
The Adventure of a Craft
We believe the journey of cidermaking is ongoing and that there is no such thing as a perfect cider blend, recipe, or process. We also don’t think there is one “proper” way to make cider. Craft cidermaking is a never ending adventure of experimentation, discovery, and skill refinement.
Sharing Skills and Knowledge
Edmonton doesn’t have a pronounced cider making history, but we believe there is tremendous opportunity to make cider in the Edmonton area. The best way for us to realize this opportunity is to keep working together to develop our skills and knowledge. We believe in humbly gaining knowledge from those who have gone before us as we strive to support the development of future craft cidermakers and cider drinkers in Alberta.
Discovering Northern Prairie Cider
We believe that with all of those things mentioned above, we can find out just what “cider” means when you make it on and from the northern prairies.