Pressing matters

As we enter the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness there’s a bountiful harvest to be had.  This year has been a great one for the apple crop….trees are groaning with fruit!

Sadly much of the fruit goes to waste.  People get overwhelmed by a sudden glut and using it can be problematic.  I’ve also been amazed by how many apples there are on trees growing on public land that just fall to the ground and rot.

A couple of years ago I started getting into pressing the apples in my garden using a borrowed press and scratter (that’s the device that chops up the apples before they are pressed.  It’s an enjoyable task that gives you beautiful fresh apple juice for drinking or preserving.

The big 36 litre press

After running a couple of successful Apple Days in Ashurst I applied to the National Park Authority for a grant to by some community apple presses and……I got the money!!   So we (the Ashurst and Colbury Community Group) now have three presses of differing sizes plus all the other paraphenalia you need to press your fruit.  It’s available to anyone….all we ask is a small donation to help us maintain the kit.The big apple scratter!

We’re holding this year’s Apple Day on 5 October 11am-3pm in the Church Rooms, Deerleap Lane, Colbury.  Feel free to bring any apples you want juicing.  It’s free and there will be a performance of the Hand to Mouth Theatre’s masterpiece of puppetry ‘Piggery Jokery’ at 1pm.

Click here if  you’d like to find out more or borrow some of the kit.

If you still need convincing have a read of Vigo’s 10 reasons to get into apple pressing!

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