By Corey Jacobs 
PICTON – Ontario’s craft ciders and fruit wines  will be joining craft beer on grocery shelves this fall.
Grant Howes, owner of County Cider Co.  in Picton, says he’s optimistic about the future of his product.
“The demand for cider is really growing globally,” Howes said in an interview at his distribution office Tuesday. “But the craft cider market is still growing exponentially.”
Cider and wine will also be sold at farmers’ markets.
Howes says he’s having a marketing truck redone and has already made an application to Kingston’s Public Market.
“That goes back to my youth when I used to work there selling apples,” Howes said. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to my roots.”
County Cider owns its own orchard in the village of Waupoos , a name shared with the company’s best-selling cider. The meaning of the name comes from the area’s history.
“Our cider is named after a shaman who lived on Waupoos Island just of the coast,” Howes said.
Howes has been making cider since 1995, and says he will continue to make new flavours.