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    Fire Cider Blog — News

    Meet the Team - Patrick

    Meet the Team - Patrick

    This time around we're sitting down to chat with Patrick, Fire Cider's Warehouse Manager. He's our resident maple syrup maker, chicken wrangler, handyman, and a champion with the Dad jokes.

    Patrick slingin pallets in the warehouse.

    Tell us about what you do at Fire Cider HQ. I manage the warehouse, including the shipping staff, inventory, supply ordering, and logistics.

    How long have you been part of the Team? One year as of this past Feb.

    When did you first try Fire Cider? I think it was at the Big E, the first year that we had a table outside the Massachusetts building. I was volunteering at the Mass Maple booth that year, and we had a steady stream of people come by and sample the maple syrup only to comment that it was the perfect chaser to the sample of Fire Cider they'd just tried.

    What is your favorite way to use Fire Cider? In place of plain acv in our family's standard carrot/radish slaw.

    Super strength, telepathic powers, or the ability to control time? And why? Time control, hands down, because with this you can appear to be able to do almost anything else.

    Comics, novels or movies? Usually, Audible. It's been a few years now since I consumed a book with my eyes and not my ears.

    Do you have any hobbies? Woodworking, chickens and maple sugaring. Last year, I built the latest incarnation of the backdrop that we take to events. This year, I hope to make 20 gallons of maple syrup, and in a few weeks we'll be ordering our 2017 flock of laying hens.

    If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future? Five minutes into the past so I can find that thing I just misplaced....

    Two favorite movies? The original DUNE was one of my favorites until I saw the documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune". Now the version of DUNE that should have been made is my favorite.

    Gilmore Girls, Game of Thrones or Gilligan’s Island? Only one of these choices has a hilarious Bad Lip Reading sendup. The choice is obvious. Powdered SUGAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!

    How many states have you lived in? 4. Born in MA, lived in Alabama briefly in 5th grade, lived in both New York and Georgia while attempting college.

    What's your favorite music? genre/musician? Historical favorites include Cake and Ben Folds Five and a special place for Weird Al. Current favorite that I should have been listening to all along: OK GO.

    Tell us something that not many people know about you. For my entire freshman year of high school, I didn't own a single pair of jeans. All dress pants.

    Anything else you’d like to share? My dessert. No, wait, I'm hungrier than I thought. Get your own.

    Vegan Certified!

    We're excited to announce that Unsweetened Fire Cider has been certified Vegan by Vegan Action!

    Unsweetened Fire Cider has been Certified Vegan!

    Our Unsweetened variety is made with nutrient-packed raw ingredients, a mixture of certified organic raw apple cider vinegar, vegetables, roots, fruits and spices, but bottled before the addition of honey, in 8 oz, 16 oz and 64 oz sizes. Our mission is to make the most awesome whole food tonics possible and get them to as many people as we can. We would be remiss if we excluded the growing Vegan community over something as simple as not adding honey to our tonic! 

    The bottles bearing the Certified Vegan mark will roll off the bottling line in late spring and will be available online and in stores shortly thereafter. The new labeling will help make it easier for those searching for animal-free products. The certifying organization, Vegan Action, is a national non-profit devoted to educating people on a vegan lifestyle and helping to identify vegan products.

    Happy Birthday Video

    We celebrated our fourth birthday at Dottie's Coffee Lounge, in Pittsfield MA. Dottie's was the first place that sold Fire Cider, and four years later we are partnered with over 600 local shops, cafes and co-ops around the country. Here's a fun video in case you missed the party- Big Thanks to all our friends, family and business partners that came out in a huge snow storm to celebrate with us, we love you guys!

    You Need This: Bee's Wrap

    I am always looking for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. At home and at work, I know how important it is to shop responsibly. When it comes to the kitchen and our home environment in general, there are a lot of ways to save money and reduce our impact on the earth. Fact: I have not bought or used plastic wrap in YEARS! Same with paper towels and plastic bags. Yes, you can live without those throwaway products, and yes, there are alternatives that are healthier for you and for the environment, all while saving you money.

    Check it out: Let's say you pay $2.49 for a 100 foot roll of plastic wrap. So if you use 8 rolls a year, that costs you $19.92. You will use all the plastic wrap, a few feet at a time, slowly throwing away the entire roll. Yes, you just paid for garbage that will now spend decades not rotting in a landfill. Same goes for those sandwich bags, zip lock bags, paper towels, you get the idea. It's all garbage; it's all going to end up in a landfill polluting the earth that we rely on for food, clean water, clean air, you know, life as we know it.

    Bee's Wrap - Bee's Wrap

    Now consider a 3-pack of Bee's Wrap for $18, which will last for a full year, and when it's done keeping your groceries fresh, you can compost it, and it will become part of next year's garden. Or, use it as a fire starter in your wood stove. It's a little less money and zero waste.

    Bee's Wrap is made from organic cotton infused with bee's wax, jojoba oil and tree resin.  Plus you get to feel really good about yourself by supporting a sustainable, earth friendly business, instead of a mega-corporation that produces trash. Everyone wins!

    Paper towels and paper napkins are an even easier fix. Instead of buying and throwing away toxic bleached paper products that are stripping our land of oxygen-producing plants, you can buy some washable kitchen towels and napkins and turn your clothes that are too far gone into rags for messier projects. And when you absolutely need to, you can use bamboo towels that can be washed and reused as well. Bambooee is the brand that I recommend. On their site they state this: "Trees are being cut down at an unsustainable rate and 3,000 tons of paper towel waste are produced per day. (According to the US Environmental Protection Agency)."

    Here are my rules for shopping: is this healthy for me, is it made by a company that is in alignment with my values, is it earth friendly, ie is the product and its packaging biodegradable, recyclable or reusable? If the answers are all yes, then buy it! There are 313.9 million people in this country; if we each do a little, it will add up to a lot more resources for us all to enjoy for many generations to come. So make the switch, save money and our planet, how's that for multitasking?!

    Recycled and Biodegradable: No More Plastic!

    Plush recycled paper wrapping and biodegradable food starch packing pillows- be the change you want to see in the world- one shipment at a time! Plush recycled paper wrapping and biodegradable food starch packing pillows - be the change you want to see in the world- one shipment at a time!

    We are celebrating another small step in the right direction: our new packing materials just arrived! Every Fire Cider order will now be wrapped in recycled, recyclable and reusable cushioned brown paper. Goodbye plastic bubble wrap!

    We are still using compostable food starch packing peanuts, which you can easily compost at home. Only now, the peanuts are wrapped in a biodegradable pillow, so they are contained and easy to re-use or toss into the compost. Don't you wish every business used earth friendly packaging?

    It's never too soon to start or to at least start bugging your local haunts to make the switch! Coming later this fall: 100% post-consumer custom Fire Cider boxes and paper tape. Yeah, paper tape instead of plastic: it's stronger and recyclable, how cool is that?

    In about a month everything from our Fire Cider bottles, to our promotional materials, to all of our shipping materials will be recycled, recyclable, re-usable and/or home compostable. Oh yeah! Love your Mother Earth and have a happy Labor Day weekend!