Apple grower adds value to off-grade fruit with cidery
Kari Williams is a fruit grower in Colorado who says she doesn’t like to see anything on the farm go to waste. When perfectly good fruit wasn’t meeting grocery specifications she decided to start a side business which has now grown into Snow Capped Cider.
Williams… “Even though we grow very, very high end fruit, we can't always fill every order with the size - maybe a buyer wants this size for ad this time, you know? And so all of that fruit comes down and goes out on a juicing line, and it dumps into my bins, and I use all of it. Whether I use it for my own juicing program or I sell it to other cideries in Colorado because there's kind of a lack of apples, I do use the culinary varietals. And then there's cider specific apples. And those apples are to cider, what wine grapes are to wine. They're full of flavor profile and tannin and structure and acid and different sugar profiles, and they contribute to a whole different beverage.”
Williams now has several different kinds of cider available at some retailers and on her website www.SnowCappedCider.com.
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