Apples & juice for cider production
Nigel says, “The great thing about working with artisan producers is that we can pick the apples at the optimum time, supplying them when they are at their very best for cider production. Our approach, together with our scale and nimbleness, working with partners to match our clients’ needs has meant we have been able to help cider makers grow their business in a scalable manageable, way.”
Our Apple Varieties
We grow Michelin, Dabinett, Somerset Redstreak and Katy in our own orchards and have access to small quantities of other varieties, which are grown in the village, including Browns, Ellis Bitters, Yarlington Mill, Vilberry, Cox, Bramley, Discovery and Early Tydeman.
In these exciting times of experimental cider making, it is sometimes overlooked that the bittersweet cider apples such as Michelin and Dabinett produce an excellent cider on their own, or they can form a basis from which to add other varieties. The reputation of Michelin apples has fallen over the years, but it is an excellent variety as a base for a fruit flavoured cider and has also made a very good single varietal cider.
We have been growing cider apples since the early 1970s and our farm consists solely of orchards. Therefore, our experience and knowledge has enabled us to care for the trees and the environment in the best way possible. Keeping up to date with the latest research in orchard management we are able, through the use of soil analysis pruning methods and harvesting techniques, to produce top grade apples for the cider maker. We have won awards for our orchards through the years, and we are proud to know that our customers are winning prizes for the cider made from our apples.