Sunday, 30 January 2011

Flintbatch Felling Juice... Timber!

I've just been over the fields to a remote barn where our cider press resides for the winter. She was built by Mr. Miller sometime before 1979, using reclaimed ironwork from a much older press and made mobile by the fitting of cast iron wheels off an old shepherd's hut.

Used both to press his own cider, Mr. Miller also demonstrated cider pressing at the Honiton Hill Rally, in East Devon. The press still has a couple of brass plates commemorating his participation at both the 1979 and 1980 rallies.

We will shortly be moving the old press to a new home at Flintbatch, where we will be building a cider shed, in which to keep her. Thanks to her mobility, we will be available for both pressing in the woods this autumn as well as coming to you and pressing your own apples, whether you're after cider or apple juice.

Looking at the press, we may well have to replace the bed, as well as obviously cleaning up the ironwork which has rusted over the 10 years she has lain idle.

Finally, we will be selling our apple juice and cider with our woodland 'pig-on-a-spit'at various events this summer. If you would like to know more about this, or want us to come along with our old-fashioned cider van, cider press and roast hog to your party or event, please call Guy (07984 783 322) or Ben (0777 070 1887).

Right, time for a drink!

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