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Apple Cider in Toronto?

Davedigger Dec 10, 2012 03:41 PM

Where can I buy regular, non-alcoholic cider in Toronto? I've been to a few grocery stores but none carry it. Is it more of a specialty store item?

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  1. Kagemusha RE: Davedigger Dec 10, 2012 04:08 PM

    Though it might be inconvenient/impossible, orchards out in the 905 that press regularly have the best you'll taste. Store stock can fade quickly if it's not turned over regularly.

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      sbug206 RE: Davedigger Dec 10, 2012 04:16 PM

      Loblaws should have their own PC brand cider.

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        Davedigger RE: sbug206 Dec 10, 2012 04:20 PM

        I was just at the Dundas and Jane Loblaws and had no luck.

        Kagemusha, I have seen other threads about the 905 orchards and will travel if I must. Thanks for reminding me!

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          sbug206 RE: Davedigger Dec 10, 2012 04:26 PM

          The best I've ever had was the stuff from Apple Factory in Brampton. Really sweet stuff.

          http://www.applefactory.com/

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          Yongeman RE: sbug206 Dec 10, 2012 07:52 PM

          Every Loblaws/NoFrills/Valumart store that I've been in, carries the PC brand of apple cider. It's quite good, too. You can find it in a cooler in the produce section. Check the best before date for the freshest selection.

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          bytepusher RE: Davedigger Dec 10, 2012 07:46 PM

          Couple different vendors selling it at the farmer's markets

          Bizak's has it and they do a lot of markets

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            autopi RE: Davedigger Dec 10, 2012 08:06 PM

            any sightings of cider made with honeycrisp apples downtown?

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              juno RE: autopi Dec 10, 2012 11:01 PM

              There's a fruit vendor, at the north farmer's market at Saturday's downtown St. Lawrence Market, that sells cider, and has been doing so for years. His is just about the first stand you'll come to as you enter the market building from the north-east side entrance. Don't know what kind of apples he uses, though.

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                Kagemusha RE: autopi Dec 11, 2012 09:02 AM

                At current prices, no grower will be pressing premium-priced Honey Crisps into cider!

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                  autopi RE: Kagemusha Dec 11, 2012 09:27 AM

                  they have it at whole foods in boston. if you have a chance, try it -- it's delicious.

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                  JennaBean RE: autopi Dec 11, 2012 10:45 AM

                  Litehouse honey crips cider is sold at Sobey's in Ontario and some Michael-Angelo's but I think they are all out in the burbs.

                  My aunt tells me that Sam's carries honey crisp cider as well in one gallon plain jugs.

                  Good luck!

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                    autopi RE: JennaBean Dec 11, 2012 11:13 AM

                    awesome, thanks for the info!

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                      Kagemusha RE: JennaBean Dec 11, 2012 04:41 PM

                      Given the price of Honey Crisps, I assume the cider is more than the regular variety. Not keen on paying a premium when there's no way to know what's being pressed. No complaints on the mixed variety. Varietal cider? Please...

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                        JennaBean RE: Kagemusha Dec 12, 2012 07:38 AM

                        You assume a lot of things... like that growers won't be pressing it. You don' thave to buy it, Autopi doesn't seem to mind to pay a premium - if it IS actually a premium.

                        Autopi - please let us know what you pay. I'm ASSUMING it is basically the same price.

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                          Kagemusha RE: JennaBean Dec 12, 2012 08:49 AM

                          You need to price farmgate apples this season, small and large fancy grades for the usual varieties. If you bought much of anything last season, you'll possibly get my drift.

                  2. Kagemusha RE: Davedigger Dec 11, 2012 08:58 AM

                    Just keep in mind that the 2012 was among the worst in recent memory for S. Ontario apple growers. Quality cider is a bit pricier since orchard stores are selling apples at nearly double 2011 prices. Not all growers or "market" cider sellers make a quality product. Some chuck mostly windfalls, subpar apples, and sometimes pears into the press and the cider usually suffers. Shop around.

                    I like Ferri's cider at their store on Heritage Road in Brampton.

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                      fickle RE: Davedigger Dec 11, 2012 09:25 AM

                      They have it on a regular basis at Lady York.

                      1. Davedigger RE: Davedigger Dec 11, 2012 04:51 PM

                        Thanks for the input all. I stumbled upon The Apple Market (Store?) on the Queensway near Hurontario this aft and managed to score some Wellesley brand apple cider. There were only 3 jugs left in an area that looked to have held at least 50, so hopefully that means it's some good stuff.

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