Apple Celebrations – TTSN in action

This Year looks likely to provide a bumper crop of Apples, Pears and Fruits in our gardens and Orchards.

Local food sustainability can be greatly enhanced by everyone one of us harvesting whatever crop we have ourselves and picking whatever is freely available in our fields and hedgerows.

Look at it this way. Whatever any of us make or use reduces the amount of similar food that we might buy. Generally this is imported and so whatever our own contribution it all helps local sustainability.

It helps reduce household budgets and is a fresh natural addition to our diets.

So we in Transition have been talking to our local Orchard groups and hope that over time we can begin to integrate and help with popularising this important time of year. We now have a series of local events that we urge you all to at least try and visit one of them. I can assure you that you will enjoy the ambience of Orchards, the Company and be fascinated by the Apple Pressing Process. Oh and by the way drinking the fresh juice is something very special followed by maybe a glass or two of last years Cider.

The events are :

2nd October – Broad Oak Orchard

9th October – Gold Hill Organic Farm
16th October – Shillingstone Orchard
23rd October – Quiet Corner Farm in Henstridge

We shall be publishing more details on http://www.transition-town-sturminster-newton.com

This year TTSN is helping the Gold Hill Organic Farm event get started and we hope that over-time we can help to extend the scope and success of our whole area’s apple celebrations.

I have attached a poster for the GHOF event and hope that some of you will print off and maybe ask your local shop or pub to display.

On our website will be lots of information about the process and what happens. Bottles will be provided both at Quiet Corner and GHOF where the juice will also be pasteurised giving up to a year’s shelf life.Broad Oak are only able to press their own apples and I think that the same is the case at Shillingstone.

So pass the news to anyone you know who has a fruit tree, collect the apples, store in cool area and then just take them along to either GHOF or Quiet Corner Farm.

All the Orchards or Farms are wonderful picnic area’s or in the case of GHOF you can have lunch or tea in the Cake Tin.

Best Wishes to you all and however you do it enjoy the Harvest !!

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