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On the Farm: Spring has Sprung!

On the Farm: Spring has Sprung!

Don’t you just love spring‬? We do! Especially when we’ve got Tramlett’s Bitter coming into bloom and we know that the rest of the orchard is sure to follow. This popular 19th century English bittersweet is praised for its high astringency and sugar levels. It’s one of the more common English bittersweets and one that defines […]

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On the Farm: Growing Ruby Red Rhubarb for Ruby Rose

On the Farm: Growing Ruby Red Rhubarb for Ruby Rose

Getting excited for Ruby Rose? The Rhubarb is starting to grow! This morning we swung by Omnivore Acres in Central Saanich to check on this seasons crop of rhubarb. This particular varietal is called Ruby Red and has served as the namesake for one of our most popular seasonal ciders – Ruby Rose! We’ll infuse rhubarb […]

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On the Farm: The Lady Beetles Are Here!

On the Farm: The Lady Beetles Are Here!

We have some welcome visitors!    It’s winter pruning time and we’re busy out in the orchard tending to the trees. This year we’ve happily come across a lot of Ladybugs setting up shop for the spring. Did you know they are the natural enemies of many pests, especially aphids and other sap feeders? A single […]

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November Retail Promotion

November Retail Promotion

It’s November and we’re ‘racking’ our cider! In the cidermaking world this is the time of the year that we start ‘racking’ our freshly fermented cider bases. ‘Racking’ simply means that we are moving our brew from our primary fermentation tank to another tank, leaving all the sediment behind. So, all November, when you tell […]

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We’re Picking Perry Pears!

We're Picking Perry Pears!

It’s a beautiful day to be picking beautiful perry pears! Actually, it’s a pretty rainy day and perry pear’s aren’t the most beautiful fruit we’ve seen. But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And, for us, it’s what’s on the inside that counts! These traditional perry pears are being harvested from standard size […]

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On the Farm: Everything is Growing (Including the Weeds)!

On the Farm: Everything is Growing (Including the Weeds)!

Well, it’s July and everything is growing (including the weeds)! This means our orchard staff are busy cutting back the weeds in the rows, mowing, and keeping the orchard looking trim and fresh. We’re an entirely organic orchard so we don’t use any herbicides or pesticides on the farm. Our farming is done using organic practices and […]

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