As soon as October arrived, the temperature dropped. This is normal but this year it felt like someone had thrown a switch. However, when Apple Day @ Mansbridge Community Orchard came around, the sun was shining and the sky azure.
As soon as we had set up the equipment, the local children were asking what were we going to be doing. Once we had explained, they quickly recruited themselves into the communal effort.The stages of this process are very simple...
- Picking, grab the apples, fill the bags and return to base.
- Slicing, chop the apples into segments and remove any really rotten parts.
- Scratting, milling the apple slices into a finer pulp
- Pressing, turning the screw on the cider press and watching the golden nectar flowing into the bucket.
- Drinking, glugging down cups full of gorgeous Apple juice & filling containers to take home.
I even found time to scurry off and harvest a huge bag of Pears. We will combine these with some of the Walnuts we have collected to make Pear & Walnut chutney - unless they get used up making Pear Chocolate Upside-down Cake!
We have been holding seasonal Apple based community events for five years now and every year we have more fun and involve more people.
Our message is simple; the fruit is out there, you simply need to locate it, pick it and process it (or eat it straight off the trees). It is not difficult, it is fun and anyone can do it.