Visit Galetta’s cider house Oct. 16

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online

GALETTA – Take a tour of the spot where Farmgate Cider grows its apples and turns them in to delicious cider.

Farmgate Cider is hosting an open house Sunday, Oct. 16 at their orchard and production facility just outside of Galetta at 4547 Mohr’s Rd.

“Join us on Oct. 16 for fall colours at Farmgate,” the Davies family released in a statement. “Talk with our cider makers, walk our beautiful orchard, and of course sample some tasty mulled cider.”

You can also see Farmgate Cider’s new barn, disassembled and then reassembled on site.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

West Carleton Online visited the Farmgate Cider orchard in October of 2019 and spoke to Jim Davies and his two sons Jacob and Stuart who all help run the family business. In 2018, Farmgate Cider produced 24,000 litres of cider under several different labels and were expecting 40,000 litres in 2019.

“My dad always wanted an orchard,” Jacob told West Carleton Online in 2019. “Stuart and I planted the trees in high school. Then we had too many apples to eat.”

Their cider is hand crafted in small batches, using locally sourced ingredients. Farmgate Cider’s flagship offerings are refined, and well-balanced ciders made exclusively with apples from the estate orchard. They use a variety of different types of apples grown on the property such as Russet and northern spy apples, just to name two.

“It’s always about balance,” Jim says taking a quick break from harvesting. “That’s the whole trick about making a good cider.”

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