The summer holidays are over for the Orchard Group (yes, we did have a lovely time!) and the buckets and spades have been stowed away as the summer gives way to autumn. Always ready for the next opportunity to have some fun, we have been turning our thoughts to the next Village Apple Day. In 2012 hardly an apple was to be seen in the village, but this year the crop looks likely to be a bumper one so please join us to celebrate this yearís harvest at the 4th Village Apple Day on Sunday 13 October at the Red Lion from 12 noon to 3pm.
The Village Press was used a mere four times last year, but this year it has already made a sortie out of the village to press Beauty of Bath, an early apple that comes on in August and used to be one of the most important commercial dessert apples in England. Bookings are now being made to use the press in September and October, so make sure you donít miss out on the chance to make the most of your crop.
Come along to the Apple Day to see an impressive display of just some of the 70 heritage varieties found in the village. Paul Chilton, our local apple expert, will be able to tell you more about each one. If you have any apples in your garden, but are not sure what they are, bring them along and see if Paul can identify them. You will be able to taste apples you may never have heard of before, and certainly wouldnít find in any supermarket. This year we hope to offer up to 10 different varieties of apples to sample, so come and taste the difference between Ashmeadís Kernel, Sunset, Chivers Delight, Charles Ross, Spartan, Laxtonís Superb and Golden Russet.
The highlight of the day will, of course, be the apple pressing. We will be using the Village Press to make juice, so come along to see how it works and join in the fun. Each pressing will mix and blend different varieties, so no two combinations will be the same. Become a connoisseur for the day, tasting each pressing before choosing your favourite. Why not bring some apples, join in with the pressing and make your own juice to take home? Make sure you bring a container, whether you plan to drink it, pasteurize it, or freeze it to enjoy later.
You will be able to buy bottled juice that we pressed in September using early local varieties such as Discovery, Millerís Seedling and Worcester Pearmain. There will also be seasonal jams, chutneys, cakes, honey and traditional cider for sale, as well as apple games for children (and grown-ups willing to rediscover their childhood) to enjoy...
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