In the beginning…

I first fell in love with the Kootenays  in the summer of 1998.  My then fiancee brought me out to his summer vacation house and it was love at first visit.  Of course, the first thing an Albertan does when they get a place in BC is they plant fruit trees – because they can.  We planted a couple apple trees, a couple pear and a cherry that year.   After a few years, you realize that all these trees bear a lot of fruit to eat and then you start thinking about canning, freezing and drying.   Along with the growing orchard comes a vegetable garden and flower gardens.   Step by step you get back to doing what your grandmothers used to do every season and you start talking about which seeds work best, how you want a piece of your neighbours beautiful lilies and darn if we couldn’t use some rain.  Voila – you start talking like a farmer.

Not only does the bounty of nature seduce you, it also plays with you.  Each year we had to plan our visits to the Kootenays to arrive when produce would be ready and before the bears helped themselves.  We tried to outwit the bears with fences and then electric fences but a determined bear is hard to stop.  Before too long we started making some fresh juice and then cider with the apples and then we started talking about opening a cidery.  Well, the kids thought we were crazy, but mostly they thought we should stop talking about it and do it so here we are… from our first home batch to the opening of our commercial facility took about 9 years.