Black Fox Farm and Distillery

Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Black Fox Farm and Distillery produces traditionally crafted, small-batch whisky, gin, and liqueurs with a twist. John Cote and Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote are fifth-generation farmers who have devoted themselves to understanding and working with the land while growing sustainably. The couple has evolved from simply growing grains to combining the staple crop with acres of fruits and flowers. With so many ingredients grown directly on the farm, John and Barb know what goes into their spirits. They take care of their fields by sowing cover crops, using spent grains from distilling as compost fertilizer, and practicing crop rotation. State-of-the-art drip irrigation systems help conserve a precious resource, and the couple reuses 95% of the water from the distillery. Minimal tillage keeps precious soil life intact, and above the surface, natural habitats are encouraged. In addition to growing their own ingredients, Black Fox ferments and distills directly on the farm. With all of these initiatives, it’s no wonder John and Barb have earned global acclaim for their philosophy and farming practices. Few institutions have combined agriculture and distilling the way they do; their tools, techniques, and terroir result in signature flavors customers can enjoy for so many reasons.

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Editor at Garden Culture Magazine

Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her three young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.