Humboldt Cider Company, Jamie Ashdon

We think of hard cider as being an adults only beverage — but there was a time in north America when drinking fermented beverages was commonplace with everyone including children — many diseases could be contracted from drinking tainted water and it was much safer to consume hard beverages.  With the advent of prohibition hard cider became a thing of the past — for a very long time!

But, thanks to some small cider works — and also thanks to orchardists throughout the country that kept the cider varieties alive and propagated, we are returning to a golden age for hard cider.  Here in Humboldt County there are many home brewers — and Humboldt Cider Company, co-owned by Jamie Ashdon (you will remember him from our episode on Humboldt Beer Works), and Michelle and Darren Cartledge (beer and cider enthusiasts and makers) will be providing an opportunity to savor the terroir of Humboldt with a tasting room at Redwood Acres.

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Margo Robbins, Footsteps Unlimited

I first met Margo at the Potowat holiday crafts sale (if you haven’t been to this event — it is a Must Do for this year) — in the midst of handcrafted jewelry, paintings and other artwork for sale — I tracked down the food items.  Yep — you know it, I’m all about the food.  So after popping in to say hello to Lee Ann Duclo from Oceanside Jams, I weaved through the aisles, bought a set of 3 T-shirts (Got Salmon?; Got Seaweed?; Got Acorns?) and then saw Margo.  She was selling Instant Acorn Soup mix!  For those of us who don’t want to gather, sort, dry, grind, leach, etc etc etc — Margo has done it all for us!  She also makes and sells teas and some of her handcrafted jewelry.

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Interview with Margo