TTW’s Sustainable Food group held their annual community apple juicing session on Saturday 13th October, open to the general public, and although there were fears about the weather after Storm Callum had blown through the night before, by 1pm the sun was shining.
Around 20 people came along, some bringing apples and some not, but there were plenty to go around. There weren’t very many left at Swains’ Lane nature reserve this year, as the apples had mostly been picked this summer due to the popularity of the new TTW foraging map. Some people kept their apples separate to taste the different juices, and others were mixed together. An eating apple makes a much sweeter juice, whereas cooking apples are tarter, so a blend can be delicious.
Everyone got stuck in and helped chop, work the apple pulping machine, or twisted the press. The hand-driven machines are remarkably effective, and many bottles were produced in the two hours by just two presses. Apple juice is an ideal product to make from windfall apples (of which there were many after the storm) as these will not store. The juice produced was taken home by everyone to either drink fresh, freeze, to make cider for those who knew how, or to home pasteurise. The press is for the community, so if anyone wants to borrow it then contact Kate on 01823 667170.
It was a lovely afternoon with a friendly fun atmosphere, showing what great community spirit we have here in Wellington.