What is the Citizen's Cider Project?
Our Citizen’s Cider Project turns previously neglected apples from local backyards, roadsides, fencerows, and abandoned fields into a profoundly local hard cider. Our 2019 Citizens Cider is now available! Taste the fruits of Uxbridge's labour. Available by the glass on our patio or by the bottle at our bottle shop.
How Does it Work?
Bring your apples to us and we will pay you $10 per bushel or approximately $0.25 per pound. You can pick into any container and we will weigh it for you. Be sure your apples are unsprayed, ripe (no green apples that should be red, please) and have no rot. See below for more picking tips.
When and Where Can We Drop Apples Off?
Starting Friday September 18, drop your apples off at the Banjo Cidery: 614 Sandford Rd, Uxbridge anytime we are open (see above for hours). Note that we will be opening the patio for an extra day on Sunday September 20 in honour of the Uxbridge Studio Tour.
Apple-Picking Do's and Don'ts
No rotten or heavily bruised apples. If the apple feels soft and is deep red, break one open to check for rot.
No sprayed apples
No split-open apples
No unripe apples – Signs the apples may not be ripe are: red apples have not turned red, yellow apples have not turned yellow, not many apples have fallen from the tree, the apples don’t pick easily or easily shake from the tree, the apple is too hard or too sour when you bite it, . A good article on determining ripeness is here.
Apples can be slightly imperfect: blemishes, apple scab, nicks, are all okay. Rot is not OK.
All apple varieties are welcome, pears and quince too. Heritage varieties and crab apples are our favourites.
You can pick over several days as the tree ripens and store them out of the sun and rain and away from critters.
If you are harvesting on someone else’s property, please obtain permission first.
Please be aware that, to ensure a high quality cider, we cannot accept apples that don’t meet the criteria above. If you are in doubt, drop us a line at email@example.com.