Apple juice, craft cider & Airbnb
Craft cider & apple juice
Fresh from the gardens of Oxfordshire
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!
If you would like to book a tasting evening, please get in touch. A tasting will take approx 1 hour and you will sample our ciders, look at how to identify the different flavours, and learn about the craft cider making process. A group of 6 is the ideal number.
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.
Making a difference...
We love having volunteers to come and give a hand, and look for various ways to make a difference in the community.
Pressing: Saturdays in Sept & Oct. We may also need your help to pick apples. During the rest of the year there are also opportunities to help with bottling and labelling.
Friday pressing is dedicated for the guys from Edge Housing. They have been homeless at some stage & Edge help them with temporary accommodation before finding them a permanent place to live. One of the guys said, 'If I wasn't here pressing apples, I would be at home watching TV and thinking about bad things.'
Pruning: If you'd like to join us in our old orchard for some informal pruning practice, please let us know. There will be a few Saturdays in Jan & Feb, depending on the weather.
Schools: we had great fun when year 7 joined us from Beckley School in Oct. In 2022 we hope to have more school classes come and see the apple pressing, and are also helping schools to plant apple trees.
We also work with Farmability, who work with adults with autism or learning disabilities. They picked the apples at Blenheim Palace for us and received some apple juice in return.
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. As a CIC, one of the modern charity structures, we are very grateful for your support.
Come & join 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.