Community Cider Project
The Community Cider has been Pressed for 2021!
Thank you to everyone who contributed!
The Community Cider is bubbling away peacefully in its tanks. Stay tuned for the releases in 2022.
-The Brooker Family.
We may be new to the area, but we already love this community. We have been showered with support and assistance since arriving in 2017.
So, we want to give back to the community. One of the ways we’d like to do that is by working with you to start up our Community Cider Project.
What’s the plan, you ask?
We’re asking you to bring us apples! From your backyard, from the back 40, or from the side of the road.
Then we’ll grind them, press them and give them some time to turn into beautiful liquid gold.
Finally, we’ll donate 50% of the sales to local programs or charities.
This year, we plan to donate to the Robbie Dean Centre to help grow their indigenous program, and to the Ottawa River Institute to help fund their ongoing projects.
Want in? Here’s what to do:
Drop off your apples anytime after September 20th:
1632 Scotch Bush Road,
Douglas, ON, K0J 1S0.
We hope to meet many of you in person, but if we’re not around, please, put your apples beside the sales shed at the front of the barn, and leave us a note or send us an email with your name and contact info.
And don’t forget to take pictures and share them with us on instagram @brookerscider or by email at email@example.com.
Follow us on Facebook or Instagram @brookerscider! Depending on the batch, it will take about a year for the cider to be ready for sale - and when it is, we’ll let you know.
We hope to meet you soon!
Craig and Kayla Brooker
A few notes about your apples:
Try to pick your apples only when they are ripe. You can check by cutting open the apple and looking at the seeds. Are they fully brown, or black? If yes, they are probably ready to be picked.
We prefer if the apples are not treated or sprayed with chemicals or pesticides, so we can make clean, healthy Cider.
The apples don’t need to be perfect (many of ours are pretty ugly), as long as they aren’t punctured, rotting, badly bruised or nibbled on.
Apples or crabapples from wild, unmanaged trees are ideal! Even if they don’t taste like an apple you’d want to eat, they can still make a tasty cider and give it some great acidity, sweetness or bitterness.