Posts Tagged ‘apples’

Staveley’s apples

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Staveley’s new apple trees are growing up!

Some of the grafts haven’t taken, the poor things, so we’re down to 45 trees but the other rootstocks will keep until next year … if Staveley can wait that long. The survivors have put up with drought, neverending rain, and being blown over in gales – good preparation for the rest of their lives. Here’s a photo of a Bradley’s Beauty:

Bradley's Beauty

And here’s a photo of all the trees together:

The trees

If you live in Staveley and would like a tree contact Lorna – 01539 822165 or tsl.abundance[at]gmail[dot]com.

Apple blossom

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Our Staveley Apples for All trees are starting to come into blossom and we’re very excited! Some of the trees are between 1 & 3 years old and these are blossoming a lot quicker than the newly grafted trees, but its very rewarding to see the grafted trees sprouting – like magic!

'Tower of Glamis' blossom

For more info or to get involved contact Lorna or Ruth on tsl.abundance[at]gmail.com or 01539 822165

Abundance grafting

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Last Saturday two Abundance members went along to South Lakeland Orchard Group’s grafting workshop at Growing Well.

Our first grafted apple trees

In the 2 hour workshop we had a lively grafting demonstration

from Hilary ‘the apple lady’ Wilson and managed to graft 8 trees, 4 were Scotch Bridget – a hardy cooking apple withstanding drought, harsh winters and poor summers therefore very suitable for our local climate. The other 4 were Duke of Devonshire, a  dessert apple raised at Holker Hall in 1835.

These trees are going to be used in our exciting new Abundance project. If you would like to get involved in Abundance events please contact tsl.abundance@gmail.com or ring Lorna on 01539 822165.

Abundance apple juicing day

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

On Saturday 31st October Abundance joined South Lakeland Orchard Group (SLOG) to take over the Birdcage in Kendal for a day making apple juice, promoting local food and encouraging people to use our local traditional apple varieties. To get the most juice from our apples we had to first chop the apples roughly, put them into the crusher to create a pomace (apple mush!) and then put it through our Vigo hand press. Each pressing uses approx 5kg of apples and produces approx 2litres of delicious, fresh, 100% pure apple juice!

Crushing apples into a pomace

Crushing apples into a pomace

Using the apple press

Using the apple press

The stand was very popular despite the poor weather and at times we struggled to keep up with demand. Apple experts Hilary Wilson, ‘the apple lady’, and Phil Rainford of the Northern Fruit Group were on hand to give advice about orchards and identify apples. We also gave advice about storing and pasteurising apple juice, cider making, and preservation of other fruit types. The pomace left at the end of the process was taken to BTCV’s tree nursery on Queen’s Road and added to the compost. Two Abundance members were photographed hard at work at the crusher and this was published in today’s Westmorland Gazette.

If you are interested in making your own apple juice the Vigo press is available to hire from SLOG, see www.slorchards.co.uk for more info.

The next Abundance event will be a tree pruning day and more details will be posted soon. In the meantime, if you want to get involved in the group please contact tsl.abundance@gmail.com.

Abundance apple harvest

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

On Saturday 24th October a group of Abundance members spent the day roaming the countryside & picking apples from ‘wild’ trees that would otherwise go to waste.

Apple harvest

Apple harvest

We spent an evening washing the fruits of our labour in a bath tub with ‘Veggiwash’ to get rid of the mud and beasties in readiness for the big juicing day.

Washing apples in the bath!

Washing apples in the bath