Over 60 people turned out for our 6th Parish Apple Day, with most of you joining in at some point, thank you everyone.
You all contributed to make over 200 bottles of pasteurised juice which will be for sale at local Xmas Fairs to help pay for new trees at Brownings Community Orchard.
On top of that, 150 litres of fresh juice was either sold or given away to all our helpers and of course our generous donors. Not to mention another 150 litres which will emerge as cider sometime in Spring 2017.
If you came along for the first time and would like to know more about Community Orchards (ECO), register on our contacts page!
Sadly, Apple Day 2017 was not a roaring success from a public event point of view. Storm ‘Brian’ threatened to blow us all away and make our normal outdoor set-up with gazebos and awnings rather too dangerous.
However, you cannot stop apples from growing and you cannot stop dedicated volunteers from collecting them! We were able to borrow the William Morris Kitchens (Thank you SO MUCH John Nissler and the crew) and a small number of us processed all the fruit that people had gathered.
This, together with the pressing days that we had held earlier on in September meant that we still had plenty of juice - both to drink and share, and to sell at the various local Christmas Fayres etc.