By Matthew Villeneuve
Mildmay cider producer says getting larger market share in high end city markets.
Cider is making a comeback.
Gary Fischer of Hoity Toity Cellars near Mildmay says they are getting a lot more of a market share -- especially in some high-end city markets.
He notes cider was very popular about 150 years ago, then largely died out because of the public's thirst for beer.
A recent George Morris Centre study suggested hard apple cider sales could hit 35 million dollars a year by 2018 -- creating 220 jobs in Ontario.
The top dairy calf show in Canada was held at the Royal Winter Fair, Exhibition Place in Toronto.
350 of the best of the very best were paraded before judges from the Netherlands and Wisconsin.
Some of these calves had been undefeated all year, and the best were in Toronto.
The Bruce County team placed 6th overall of 51 teams.
Among the individual results, in Junior showmanship, Serena Lamont of Bruce was 9th of 107 entries.
Senior Showmanship saw 134 calves taking the ring, with Adrian Franken of Huron placing 16th, Colin Meulendyk of Badjeros was 18th and Alisha Burgess of Mildmay was 19th.
Madison Hickling of Bruce County placed 8th of 32 calves, with Riley Hastie in 19th spot with their Junior Holstein calves.
Christopher Franken of Teeswater was 5th of 70 entries in the Holstein Intermediate calves.
In senior Holstein calves, with 161 entries, Tyler Westbrook was 10th, Adrian Franken was 14th and Cole Hollands of Grey County in 20th spot. Emily Franken was 4th in the Coloured breeds class.
The jersey calf class saw 20 entries, with Sarah Burgess of Mildmay placing 2nd, Serena Lamont was 4th, Kurits Frishknecht was 8th and Nicole Ruetz from Bruce was 18th.
23 jersey yearlings were shown with Linda Franken in 5th and Micheala Hill in 8th.
Lindsay Kieffer was 4th of 55 entries in the Holstein Summer Yearling class.
The Royal Winter Fair is not all about cows, pigs and kids, there is lots of sweet stuff too.
Local cooks did well in the jam and jelly contests.
In Strawberry jam, Genette Bourque of Desboro was 9th and Tanya Pisani, Maxwell placed 12th of 23 entries.
Stephanie Lambe of Grandma Lambe's Market was 2nd in the Raspberry jam class and Tanya Pisani was 6th.
In the Red Pepper jelly class, Stephanie Lambe was 7th.