A family story

In 1980 Micheline and Benoit Bilodeau acquire a plot of land (an acreage)
for the purpose of growing Quebecers' favorite fruit:  the apple!

With the assistance of their daughter Josée and son Claude, they plant a grove of dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees in the same year (1980).
The orchard would cover six hectares and number more than three thousand trees producing at least ten varieties of apples.
Since 1985, in the fall season, the majority of the apple yield is sold using the U-pick method. 

In 1995, a building is constructed for the transformation of the apples and the production of ciders.
Here we find the kitchen, the press room, the fermentation room, the refrigerated room and the sales kiosk.Following this construction,
an apple pressing service is offered to the pomologists of Orleans Island.

Also in the fall of the same year (1995), the enterprise creates an innovation - the first cider house on Orleans Island.
They would unanimously agree to elaborate their first ciders.  Since this time, the family has made much progress and now offers
a large variety of ciders:  ice ciders and derivatives of which they hold great pride.  In 1997 the marketing of ciders and cider vinegar would begin.

The year 2005:  Sandra Ouellet, Claude's spouse (wife), then a hairdresser by trade, decides to leave her occupation to work full time
for the enterprise in collaboration with Micheline and Benoit. One could say that Sandra also has a particular craze for apples!

At an early age, Claude showed a desire to work on the farm. A small child, he follows his father on his daily tasks, imitating his every move.
When older, he follows his parents' advice to complete his studies in refrigeration.  It isn't until 2009 that he would, in turn, take the leap and
become a pomologist and a ciderculturalist.

Over the years, he and his spouse develop new products such as apple butter, jellies, mustards, maple products and other ciders that would win gold and silver medals. These novelties have brought about better exposure and profits to the family enterprise, which expands year after year.


It is with great determination and enthusiasm that Claude and Sandra arrive at work each morning.
Their sincere wish is that their three children will, in turn, have a love of the land and that they also will innovate as their parents and grandparents have done and still do today. This is a passion they hope will be shared generation after generation.
We invite you to come and meet us and see why we are so passionate for our trade.

 

We guarantee that you will share our love of the land and enjoy some of its amazing produce.