Our mandate here on our multi-generational farm is sustainability! Situated just behind our winery's location lives our beautiful 30-acre Organic Farm where we produce a variety of ground crops and tree fruits. In order to create a secure, sustainable food system, instead of pulling out 30 acres of food to plant grapes, we decided to make wine and cider with the fruit we have at our fingertips. Packing fruit for 30 Organic farmers results in a plethora of organic number two fruit, not sellable on the fresh fruit market but perfect for value-added such as wines, ciders, and preserves. This allows us to ensure that the family farms we work with are able to create a sustainable future and allows us to reduce food waste. Our award-winning Rustic Roots Winery & Cideryutilizes the beautiful organic fruit of the Similkameen Valley!
The Rustic Roots Logo depicts the Snow Apple (Fameuse) tree that was planted in 1916 by Harker's Organic's second generation. This tree still stands on the farm today and is an inspiration for the top portion of the Rustic Roots logo. The bottom portion of the logo represents the six roots (or generations) that have been involved in the hard work and perseverance that has led us to where we are today!
In further maintaining sustainability and good health, each and every one of our organic fruit wines and ciders is VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE (see www.barnivore.com). Additionally, we use lightweight, endurable and recycled glass wine bottles as well as recycled corks!