Through the Fruit Tree Project, the forgotten fruit rescued from private backyards are transformed into unique “value added” products, like Quince Paste, Hard Cider and Apple Cider Vinegar, that we sell to support our program.
Rather than compete against the titans of food and beverage, LifeCycles prefers to establish mutually beneficial partnerships with locally owned companies who share our commitment to local, sustainable food systems. Our local business partners provide us with access to processing facilities and markets and in exchange we connect them to the farmers, foragers, community agencies and volunteers who support our work.
By enjoying our products and attending our workshops, you are helping to provide community programming that increases people’s access to local healthy food. Together we can co-create sustainable food systems and cultivate healthy communities.
This cider vinegar is pressed from whole apples and fermented with wild yeasts. Spinnakers uses traditional methods to convert alcohol into acetic acid without preservatives, resulting in a full-flavoured and aromatic vinegar. The best apple cider vinegar is made from a mix of varietals. And since our apples are sourced from fruit rescued from backyards across our city you’ll never find a more unique blend. Every batch is an adventure.
LifeCycles’ has created a new hard cider crafted by Spinnakers’ illustrious brewers that is designed to accentuate the diversity of apple varieties harvested by fruit tree project. LifeCycles’ cider celebrates the age-old tradition of “use what you have,” and as a result it captures an ever-changing balance of the sweet, acidic and aromatic that, like a homemade cider, is delicious but impossible to repeat.
To make our quince paste we follow a traditional membrillo recipe. After slow roasting the fruit, we stew the tart quince fruit with sugar until it reduces into a thick jelly-like paste. Quince paste has a balanced sweet and sour flavour that is delicious when paired with cheeses or spread on toast. This is a delicious way to enjoy a heritage fruit with ancient roots.