One of the reasons we make cider is because we love drinking it, but there are lots of other reasons as well. Here are some of the things that are important to us.
It is important to recognize that the place we live and grow apples is Treaty 6 territory. Domestic apple production in North America is a product of colonialism. Both growing fruit and living somewhere require a relationship with the land. We believe in respecting this land and the histories, languages, and cultures of those indigenous peoples that have called, and continue to call this land home.
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 could make great cider. There are also many other fruits and plants that grow here. We are always discovering new local ingredients that we can incorporate into our experiments. Right now we can’t grow everything we need on the land available to us but even when we have to look a bit farther we always try to use cold hardy fruit that we could grow in Edmonton.
Local food, drink, and craft industry has a great role to play in the development of communities and a sense of place. Local craft foods and beverages link some of our most social and cultural experiences with the place we live and 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 apples to the Food Bank.
The Adventure of a Craft
We believe the journey of cider making 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 cider making 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 great 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.
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.