The old orchard in the walled garden (half a dozens trees) has produced hundreds of apples despite the fact that none of the trees have been pruned for years. They are almost ripe and we’ve been wondering what we’re going to do with them all…
I mentioned this to one of the mum’s at the local toddler group and it turns out her husband and his mate make their own cider. Happy days. They live in the village and have a hand-made apple press in their garden shed.
They’ve apparently been on the look out for a good source of local apples for years – so they’ve come up today to check out their potential new supply. They’ve brought a sugar measuring device with them and seem pretty happy with the results. 2 of the trees are dessert apples for eating and the rest are for cooking, as we suspected. Both can be used to make their cider. They’ll come back to pick them next week while we’re away.
250 kilos will make 250 bottles and they think that’s roughly what they’ll collect. So we can expect a crate or 2 in return next year.