And just like that, harvest 2018 is a wrap!
This year was an exceptional year for Vancouver Island apple growers! We are overwhelmed with the amount of support we saw come through from our community this year. We either bought or traded over 50,000 lbs of back yard apples, which in turn, doubles the amount of apples we have seen brought in to us in previous years! That’s 50,000 lbs of apples just from the Greater Victoria area that could have potentially gone to waste, but will now be turned into our community cider, Kings & Spies. As many of you know, proceeds from the sales of Kings & Spies also helps support the work done by Growing Chef, a program which educates BC families about growing and preparing healthy food.
Our own harvest was also a huge success! Our small production team has worked endlessly over the past couple months milling and pressing all of our own apples, plus, all of the local, crowdsourced apples. Now, the days are starting to get shorter, the hormones begin to tell the trees to stop growing and the orchard begins to go into a dormant state for the rest of the winter.
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