ARMADA, Mich. (WXYZ) — Blake’s Farm and Cider Mill in Armada is now shifting their focus at their distillery to make hand sanitizer, to be made and used in hospitals throughout the state.
“We are working with various hospitals around metro Detroit and even the west side of the state,” said Andrew Blake, President Blake’s Hard Cider Company.
Blake’s is currently taking the hand sanitizer to hospitals in gallon jugs. They plan on making sure hospitals have a good supply before selling the hand sanitizer to the public.
WE’RE OPEN DETROIT: @BlakesHardCider is shifting its focus to start making hand sanitizer. The are currently giving it in gallon jugs to hospitals. Also, if you donate items to hospitals like masks and gloves you can get a donut and cup of cider for free! @wxyzdetroit @BlakeFarms pic.twitter.com/gT0cOtMJmf— Ali Hoxie (@ali_hoxie) April 9, 2020
“I have a sister, who is an ICU nurse, I have an aunt who is an ICU doctor and two other cousins who are ICU nurses all in metro Detroit, so it hits close to home,” said Blake.
They are also accepting donations of medical supplies, including items like masks and gloves. When you donate, you get a cup of cider and a donut for free.
While supplies last, they are providing free lunches for those 18 and under who are currently out of school.
Right now, they are currently in the process of growing fresh produce, and will have a farm-share. You can sign up for the weekly farm-share on the company's website.
“We will have a fresh produce list from which people will be able to place their order a head of time and will be able to run it out to their cars,” said Blake.