One of my favourite island past-times while visiting Victoria is venturing out along the country roads of Saanichton. We have meandered these bountiful roads to stop at Church & State Wines in between a wedding ceremony and reception; to visit the statuesque horses at the Saanich Fair; to sample lemon cucumber wedges at roadside stands; and to sip Mr. Dandizette’s chocolate Africano request at a snug cocoa cafe. This time around we were on a specific mission: to sun ourselves amongst the apples at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. Open year round, Sea Cider boasts a gorgeous ciderhouse that smelled like baking pie. The wrap-around deck rose above the orchards, offering a new view of the Saanich Peninsula and seascape. We tucked ourselves into each of their nine organic ciders, the flight offering everything from savoury dill to frozen crab apples. A platter of Moonstruck cheese, local smoked fish and bison sausage rounded out the palate teasers. Much like the country calm we felt while dining at Merridale Estate Cidery last fall, the hum of bees and the scent of apples heating in the sun left us thinking “we could do this, we could get our agriculture on!” We left with a bottle of the effervescent Pippins (a blend of Newton Pippins, Winter Bananas and Sunsets), and the port-like Pommeau made from Snow apples, for crisp fall evenings by the fireplace. What a perfect kick-off to the approaching season of juicy Macs, pastry and cinnamon sticks.