Craft cider & apple juice
Fresh from the gardens of Oxfordshire
Oxford Farmhouse is a social enterprise. We take unwanted apples to make craft cider & apple juice with the help of volunteers from many different backgrounds. Give us a call if you'd like to find out about joining in.
We started with small scale production for our own use, just experimenting to make sure we had a good product. In 2018 we went public and have been excited by the volume of apples that have been donated, the people who've helped, and the delicious apple juice. Typical responses to the juice have been:
'The best I've ever tasted!'
The Great Taste Award judges liked it too, awarding us a star for our apple juice in 2019.
Our first cider is now available as well - a traditional still, medium-dry cider.
'I absolutely loved it!'
Our craft cider is made using traditional methods & the minimum interruption to the natural process, unlike most mass produced ciders that are reduced to concentrate & then reconstituted using sugar & water. We waited to get the flavour right before releasing in Dec 2019, & it was a great hit at the Christmas Markets.
Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, we've been able to update our equipment - a new press, bottler, labeller, storage, etc. This means we can take more fruit. But we would still love to have you involved in the pressing.
How it all happens
Step 1: donated apples are washed & graded
Step 2: we mill the apples in the scratter with a mix of varieties, which helps make a good flavour
Step 3: into the press - layers made into 'cheeses'
Step 4: juice flows! Apple juice is bottled & pasteurised. Cider goes into vats for fermentation - either with natural or added yeast.
Date for your diary:
Sat 18th Jan 2020 - Pruning Workshop
In 2020: for every 10kgs of apples you deliver, we'll give you 1x750ml bottle of apple juice or 1x500ml bottle of cider.
We can also give you all your juice for £1.70 per bottle - this is fully pasteurised, bottled & good for 2 years. You will need to provide labels.
Apples need to be ripe on delivery. If in doubt, follow these simple steps:
Colour - most dessert apples turn yellow/red when ripe.
Taste it - does it taste good? Easy if you’ve got dessert apples. Cooking apples remain sharp when ripe.
Twist it - ripe fruit should come away from the tree with a twist of the stalk.
Test it - ripe fruit has dark brown pips - cut a few open to check.
Please separate any windfall (fallen) fruit - we press that first.