Apple juice, craft cider & Airbnb
Fresh from the gardens of Oxfordshire
Exciting news: we've been awarded another Great Taste Award for our apple juice - 2 stars this time. (That's out of 3, not 10 or 100!) No apple juice received 3 stars this year, & only 7 others were awarded 2 stars, so we can confidently say our juice is up there amongst the best.
A big thank you to everyone who has donated fruit, pressed fruit, bought juice... we couldn't do it without you. Some donations have been small, others over a ton - they all count.
We have really enjoyed working with Edge Housing this year. They support the vulnerable who have been homeless or in prison, housing them & helping them get their lives on track again. The guys have done a great job helping to press & bottle apple juice.
We're also very grateful to Farmability for picking the apples at Blenheim Palace so that we could juice them. Farmability work with people with learning disabilities and autism.
We make craft cider and apple juice using apples donated from the gardens of Oxfordshire & the edge of Buckinghamshire - apples that would usually go to waste, either falling from the trees to make a mess in the garden or left to rot. We hate waste & it seems many others do too! This year we are also accepting pears as well.
The word is spreading and loads of apples have been donated - if you bring apples to us you'll get some cider or juice in return. We take any quantity. We can pick the fruit off the trees ourselves, but you get no juice in return.
Then begins the fun of washing, milling (scratting), pressing, bottling & pasteurising. Or in the case of cider, waiting 6 months for fermentation and the full flavour to develop. A wait that, we believe, is well worth it!
We have set up a carbon offset programme to plant apple trees, which are very effective at absorbing CO2. Anyone is welcome to make a donation according to their carbon usage for flights, other travel, household or business use. The donated money will be used to plant orchards of apple trees in the UK - local & sustainable. Take a look at Carbon Offset Trees.
We have volunteers from all sorts of backgrounds & are very grateful to anyone who would like to give a hand. If you would like to join in, please contact us to book a morning, afternoon or all day slot on Saturdays.
One of our fantastic team of volunteers wrote: ‘Having recently suffered with mental health issues & never experiencing so in the past, Andrew and his business offered a safe place to begin to reengage once again as well as offering meaning & purpose. This is more than a business, it offers the opportunity for people like myself to begin to find one’s feet again.’
If you would like to contribute to keep this project going, please donate below.
We would love it if you joined us in our 17th Century farmhouse on the edge of Oxford. We have a twin room which looks out onto our tree-filled paddock. It is quiet but close to the city for easy access.
Lockdown update - at present we are unable to accept guests as the room is in the house. We will open up again as soon as it is safe to do so.