“The crop is both the largest for several years and of excellent quality thanks to just the right amount of sun and rain.”
Cider is gaining popularity – worldwide:
And also in these parts, as reported in today’s Western Morning News:
Apple crop makes it fine year for cider
In an autumn dominated by worries of shortages, cutbacks, and the prospect of a return to austerity, there is one good news story abundantly ripe for the picking. The weather during the 2022 growing season has been exceptional for apples, resulting in a bumper crop across the Westcountry and beyond.
According to Barrie Gibson, of Fowey Valley cidery in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, the crop is both the largest for several years and of excellent quality thanks to just the right amount of sun and rain, and the warm temperatures which extended throughout September. However, in such high-yielding years, gardeners, smallholders and community orchards are left with a surplus of apples, with many forced to watch perfectly good fruit rot away because they simply have so much that they do not know what to do with it.
Barrie’s award-winning cider business has several practical pieces of advice to reduce such waste of a great British crop, while saving money and increasing self-sufficiency. He explained: “Here at Fowey Valley, we’ve had lots of requests from people who are inundated with fruit and don’t want it to go to waste. In response, we’re offering to swap bottles of cider for bags of apples – every 15kg of apples can be swapped for a bottle of our Castledore cider.”
News Archives – Western Morning News
Here’s a fabulous page from the England in Particular team:
And here’s some inspiration from earlier in the summer: