Apple pressing

The apple press is available for hire at £10 per day.
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How to Harvest, Store and Process Apples

Toni has forwarded an email and video on this topic from Growveg.co.uk.  Here is a link to the page with this guide on the Growveg website.  You can either read the text, with pictures, or view the video from the second picture (the soundtrack is the same as the text).  For all sorts of other information and advice on growing vegetable, browse the Growveg site at  https://www.growveg.co.uk/

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Visit to David Reid's orchard

At the invitation of new Director David Reid, members of TBI's Food & Growing group last Sunday (2 October) spent an interesting and instructive (and beautifully sunny) afternoon visiting his orchard near Marybank.  We admired a beautifully trained Conference pear against a sheltered wall and several well-laden Victoria plum trees, and then turned to the apples. 

Some years ago David heard of a specialist nursery in the Isle of Wight which was collecting, preserving and selling old once popular varieties now little grown, and decided to try some of them out.  Apart from wonderful names such as Coul Blush (with a local connection to Contin), and Bloody Ploughman (with a story behind it), the trees themselves were an interesting mixture of shapes, sizes and states of health.  Along with other trees in the garden, which did not seem to be particularly exposed, some of the apples had suffered from storm damage, and some - as David freely admitted - from lack of pruning.  Star of the show was a beautiful Katy, laden with bright red fruit, some three times the size of any my Katy has ever produced.  Apples were tasted as we went from tree to tree, and the  afternoon ended in the house with apple juice (what else?) and delicious fresh late-fruiting raspberries from the garden.  Many thanks to David for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

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