After agonizing over the decision of whether or not to collect apples this year, we have decided to take a break for Fall 2021. We will not be collecting apples this year.
With the COVID19 cases rising in Edmonton and with little guidance from leadership on what this fall will look like, it makes it impossible for us to plan.
Last fall, when the cases were much lower we were able to work around COVID restrictions but still had push back from a few people about requiring contactless drop off and for us wearing masks. It’s exhausting.
Besides that, our own health has been difficult since we had COVID and we’ve both been recovering and getting treatment for new and ongoing health issues. Even though we are double vaccinated, we can’t risk contacting COVID both health-wise or with the time needed off from our day jobs.
We are very lucky that we didn’t open a permanent space when we planned to and are very privileged to be able to make the decision to take some time off for our own mental and physical health. We are working on figuring out what the future of Prairie North might look like, but for now just need to rest.
In the meantime, we encourage you to make your own cider! We do have a virtual cider school with free resources as well as an online cidermaking course and the Edmonton Public Library also has some free books you can borrow. Share fruit with your neighbours. Swap recipes. Stay healthy!