To help with the current demand and need, Armada-based Blake’s Hard Cider will supply liquid hand sanitizer beginning today anywhere in the State of Michigan. The distillery will manufacture and distribute gallon-size hand sanitizer for hospitals and large businesses and in 8-oz spray bottle-size available for purchase for the public and free for first responders.
“We consider ourselves fortunate to be in the position to expand our production capabilities to manufacture and supply hand sanitizer that meets World Health Organization standards to front line healthcare workers and the public,” said Andrew Blake, owner and founder, Blake’s Hard Cider and president of Blake Family Companies. “Now, more than ever, we must find ways to support and look out for each other and Blake’s is proud and committed to doing our part.”
Available and sold beginning Wed., April 8 at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill (17985 Armada Center Rd in Armada). Eight-ounce spray hand sanitizers are available for curbside pickup, sold for $6.99 each, limit two per vehicle and free to first responders with valid identification. (Price is subject to change based on the cost of materials.) Gallon size hand sanitizer will be offered only to healthcare facilities and businesses for $30 and can be shipped throughout Michigan. For inquiries and orders, email email@example.com.
In addition to providing hand sanitizer, family-owned and operated Blake’s Farm & Cider Mill has initiated several measures to support the community. To assist students who rely on and are now without free or reduced meal programs at school, children aged 18 and under can receive free bagged lunch (hotdog, a bag of chips and a drink) daily between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., one per person.
Blake’s is also collecting medical supplies (masks, gowns, gloves, disinfectant) accepted in a sealed zip lock or garbage bags at the drive-through during business hours to be delivered to area hospitals. In exchange for support, donors will receive a free cup of Blake’s sweet cider and a donut. Customers can use Blake’s carry out and drive-through service seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. for cider, donuts, jams, bakery and other select grocery items. Visit www.blakefarms.com or Facebook.com/BlakeFarmsArmada for more information.
Established in 2013, Blake’s Hard Cider is an independent, family-owned and operated Michigan craft cidery. Located on an 800-acre orchard in Armada, Mich., Blake’s Hard Cider was founded on the values of its more than 70-year farming roots. By growing, pressing and fermenting our own apples on our farm we’re able to proudly and consistently introduce a truly authentic and uncompromised craft hard cider experience. Visit www.blakeshardcider.com for more information.