• Apple Harvesting

    Apples ready to pick

    Apples
  • Apple Harvesting

    Apples picked

    Apple harvesting
  • Apples

    Transporting for juicing

    Apple harvesting
  • Apples

    Putting apples in the juicer

    Juicing the apples
  • Apples

    Preparing juice for pasteurising

    Bottling the apple juice
  • Apples

    Bottles filled before pasteurising

    Bottling apple juice
  • Apples

    Bottles getting ready for capping

    Corking the bottles
  • Apple Harvesting

    Apples ready to pick

    Apples
  • Apple Harvesting

    Apples picked

    Apple harvesting
  • Apples

    Transporting for juicing

    Apple harvesting
  • Apples

    Putting apples in the juicer

    Juicing the apples
  • Apples

    Preparing juice for pasteurising

    Bottling the apple juice
  • Apples

    Bottles filled before pasteurising

    Bottling apple juice
  • Apples

    Bottles getting ready for capping

    Corking the bottles

Apples

Somerset is renowned for its orchards. Apples have been grown in this area for many years and of course the cider industry is famous. For a few years now, Transition Town Wellington has been collecting surplus apples from around the area and turning them into delicious apple juice. This juice is then sold locally.

The apples are harvested in September and October. There is a lot of time committed by members of the apple group, in order for the process to be a success. Harvesting apples from various gardens and orchards; sorting; washing; removing bad fruit and cleaning the bottles all has to take place before the juicing day.

The juicing then takes place in the second half of October usually at the Greenhouse, Brendon Orchard’s Co-op juicing facility in Wiveliscombe. It has become a fairly slick operation, with teams pressing apples, some bottling, others pasteurising and then others crating and transporting to storage. 300 to 500 bottles of juice are produced on the juicing day.

Harvesting

Apples are harvested and collected from a number of sites close to Wellington. We are grateful to people who allow us access to their trees. The dessert and cooking apples are mixed together. A few days before the booked date at the juicing facility, the apples are washed, checked through, and bad ones and any remaining dirt or leaves are removed. A lot of organising is also required to prepare transport of fruit, bottles and people to Brendon Orchards.

Harvesting the apples

Juicing

A team of volunteers come together over the course of a day to unload the fruit, mill it into pulp, load the press, juice the apples, fill the bottles and then put the filled bottles in hot water vats to pasteurise the juice. Once the juice has been pasteurised, the bottles are crated up and taken to storage. It’s a fun day and can be a little messy and sticky, but fun is had by all.

Apple juicing

Selling

The stored bottles are labelled in batches for sale. The apple juice is sold through the Blue Pantry zero waste shop in Fore Street and directly from TTW for bulk sales to private buyers. It is sold with a significant bottle return deposit to encourage customers to bring the empty bottles back to their supplier. The proceeds from the sale of the juice goes towards further Transition Town projects, such as tree planting and developing Fox’s Field.

Selling juice in Blue Pantry

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