We’re about to start in the orchard on the last job of the year.  The bees are all fed and sorted for winter, so we turn our efforts to harvesting the cider apples.  Before we can get going, the barns have to be cleared and cleaned, the harvesting equipment repaired and serviced.  Given fair weather, we’ll be started on Friday with the Browns – that’s them in the photo. Once we have enough in the store they will be pressed and the juice sent off. We then repeat the process and make a second pass through the rows of Browns apples, for juice to be pasteurised. Browns makes a lovely juice for drinking straight from the press, so we’ll be saving a bottle or two for ourselves.

Freya Baxter

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