CIDERMAKERS, PARENTS, COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS
The operating principle at Pommies is simple: Nick goes on about something until (wife and business partner) Lindsay tells him to shut up and do something about it. Well, it got them out of their corporate life and into a booming Caledon cidery, so maybe there’s something there.
Why cider? Why not a restaurant, or flowers?
Nick: In England (where Nick’s from) cider is everywhere., but Ontario only had imported cider. There was only one, County Cider. Lindsay told me to shut up and do something about it, so I went out to meet Grant, the County Cider owner, and over a pint (of cider!) we hammered out a deal that he’d help us get started.
What do you see now, five years later?
Lindsay: There’s such an opportunity to have a wine and cider trail an hour from Toronto. You can go to Spirit Tree, come by our farm, get some wine at Hockley Resort, there’s two breweries and a distillery in the works.
And for Pommies?
Lindsay: We really want to start an orchard of unique, rare apples, varieties that haven’t been grown in Ontario in 100 years.
You were saying earlier Headwaters is an anomaly.
Lindsay: We deliver kegs all over the province, and it’s amazing how many towns have died a horrible nasty death when all the big box stores open up. But I’m amazed at what a job Orangeville has done of keeping the community. On a freezing cold winter Saturday, they packed an outdoor parking lot for a Brewzapalooza event. The community came down on a freezing night. You couldn’t move!
Nick: When you’re within an hour of big cities like Toronto and Hamilton, it’s a great day trip. Not even an hour and there, look at the rolling hills of Caledon and the countryside by Erin, and maybe this is going back to my Englishness, but Headwaters is so green and lavish. And you get to meet the people, the owners, the real deal.