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.
Spring 2020 was a very busy time for us. We planted our organic cider orchard and opened our orchard-side bottle shop. We have temporaily closed the farm store for the season but our online bottle shop is up and running.
Our six-acre orchard contains 1,700 trees, including 29 different varieties of cider-specific and multi-purpose Heritage apples. Many of these apple varieties are grown no where else in Grey County. The trees were planted, without tilling, into our fields that had been in fallow for many years, building their organic content to support our organic, sustainable, mid-density, semi-dwarf orchard. We have kept the meadows in which the trees are planted in their natural state. They are home to tall grasses and wildflowers including wild chamomile that 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.
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 home to our cider production and will one-day house our tasting room. We are proud to be able to return the property to its past apple glory.
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