Our Cider Makers
Our Cidermakers – Michael and Mark Vansteenkiste of Twin Pine Orchards
Mike and Mark are brothers from Thedford Ontario. They are apple farmers caring for over 15,000 apple trees, started by their
parents Joe and Alma. They also create award winning apple ciders.
As Mark says: “We love cider… but our real love is our farm; our apples”.
The brothers not only care about their apples, but they care about the environment too.
Twin Pines has reserved a portion of the farm that is completely grown without pesticides. The remainder of the orchard is
designated as an IPM orchard (Integrated Pest Management).
Mark and Mike have been trained and certified to scout for both good and bad insects in the orchards and gardens, and as a
result they can determine when they must use sprays to protect the apples, but more importantly, they are able to determine
when spraying is not necessary. “We are proud to work hard at maintaining this approach and philosophy of farming”.
At The Great Canadian Cider Company, we are proud to be working with Michael and Mark creating Ontario’s first Cider
made from organic apples grown in Ontario.