Real Fruit, Real Orchard
Our story starts in 1920 when
C.E. Petch first planted
an orchard in Hemmingford.
C.E. Petch carried out so many experiments
that the orchard became known
as the ‘Experimental Farm’.
Throughout these numerous years,
diversity in our apples were always
a main feature on our orchard.
The main varieties were:
Duchess, Dudley, Red St-Lawrence,
Wealthy, McIntosh and Fameuse.
Less important were Red Astrachan,
Melba, Hume, Scott Winter
and Tolman Sweet.
...There were also many varieties
that had no names and during
the war years, 1939-45,
when there was a shortage of fruit
and everything sold, the names applied to these unnamed varieties changed from year to year, depending on the names of the workers we had working for us.
Now, diversity is discouraged and
fewer varieties are demanded
by the chain stores.
**Our production process is inspired by a traditional method that makes for alcohol-free, artisan-quality juice. The result is a finely effervescent offering with a delicate flavour that is not overly sweet. For best results, we pick our fresh fruits from the tree when they are at their sweetest and press them immediately for optimal purity and balance *****
The first step in this long process is first picking our
locally-grown apples from our orchard
in Hemmingford straight from the tree.
But only once they have reached their peak of ripeness.
At this moment, these apples are bursting
with juice which we will soon turn into apple juice.
We now bring our apples into our pressing room
on site in our orchard. From here we wash all of
the apples and freshly press them turning
the once apples now into 100% all natural juice.
***P.S. Our fresh-pressed juice contains apples. Period.
No additives and no added sugar.
A Micro Flash Pasteurizer employs the "
High Temperature Short Time" (HTST) principle
to prevent scorching or overheating of the fresh juice. This results in the destruction of E. Coli and other
bacteria without changing appearance or taste. ******
This is where I'm made!
After carefully filtering the juice, we immediately
cool it down and add slight carbonation before bottling. Each bottle then undergoes a pasteurizing process
using the original method devised by Pasteur.
Thanks to this process, the juice retains its unique
and natural apple taste, requiring no chemical products, sulfites, preservatives or artificial colours.
It also preserves the luxurious colours and
tastes of the best apple in the world!
Our meticulous post-harvest methods
tap into nature’s perfection, so that you can enjoy
the very best of what Quebec’s most well-known
fruit has to offer ******REWORD
OTHER THAN PRODUCING CANADIAN-FAMOUS APPLES, Petch Orchards has always committed to providing you with quality, homegrown, products. A simple idea of making pasteurized apple
juice back in 1940 led to us perfecting the recipe of juice making and eventually producing sparkling apple juice. Every bottle of POMONA contains a rich layer of Canadian history and is cram packed with our juicy apples made right here in Quebec, Canada