Our little piece of heaven is located in the Beaver Valley in the Town of The Blue Mountains just south of the twin towns of Thornbury and Clarksburg in Grey County. This is the heart of apple country. The valley, surrounded by the Bruce Peninsula and bordering on southern Georgian Bay, offers a unique micro-climate for apple growing. We are surrounded by apple orchards and a growing number of cideries. Its an amazing four seasons community with great hiking, biking and sailing in the warm weather and snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter and amazing dining and agritourism all year round.
We can’t wait to open our tasting room and bottle shop and welcome you to Grey & Gold Cider. Unfortunately that won’t be happening until Spring 2020. The Ontario government requires that we have five acres of apple trees in production to be able to sell directly to the public and our orchard won’t be ready until then. We do have a smattering of old trees scattered about the property and a few hundred baby trees planted in a nursery bed at the farm plus another 2,000 cider apple trees have been custom-grafted for us and are growing strong at Whiffletree Farm & Nursery, to be transplanted to the farm in Spring 2020.
Our farm was once part of a large commercial apple orchard, home to Major Perkins apple business that, in addition to growing apples, made and sold a variety of apple products: juice, jams and jellies. The old barn is still standing (if barely) and has been used by Pinetiques custom woodworking for many years. It is already home to our cider production and will soon house our tasting room. We are proud to be able to return the property to its past apple glory.
Our fields are currently in fallow, building their organic content to be able to support the organic, sustainable, mid-density, semi-dwarf orchard we will be planting. It is also home to the chamomile and other wildflowers we use in our Wildflower cider and the spruce trees whose spring tips go in to our award-winning Spruce of the Bruce cider. These flowers also support our small apiary.
Until we open our tasting room be sure to look for us at select local bars and restaurants. And please sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media to keep up with the progress.