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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.