Apple juice &
Craft cider & apple juice
Fresh from the gardens of Oxfordshire
Last drop off dates: the season has ended suddenly & the volume of fruit dropped to a level where it is not viable for us to press every day. We want to receive your fruit & will be open at these times for dropping off and collecting:
Friday 3rd Nov - 10-4
Saturday 4th Nov - 10-1 (please note the early closing time)
Thursday 9th Nov - 10-4 (this is the last day for dropping off fruit)
If you are unable to come during those times, please call 07941 072071
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! We love to receive pears as well.
The word is spreading and loads of apples have been donated - if you bring apples to us you can all your juice back or get some cider or juice in return. We take any quantity.
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!
What do you prefer - dry, medium, or sweet? What makes a good cider? Groups of 6 or more can book a date to taste our cider. £15 per head.
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 - you are very welcome to join us pressing the fruit & seeing the whole process from washing through to pasteurising.
Thursday & 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: We will have a pruning workshop again on 13th January 2024 - keep in touch if you'd like to know more. 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 from Dec through to Feb, depending on the weather.
Schools: we had great fun when 7-9 year olds joined us from Barton Park School. In 2023 we hope to have more school classes come and see the apple pressing. We planted a small orchard at Barton Park School for the children to enjoy.
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.