My Apple Juice
Passionate about reducing waste and keen to support the local community, Richard Paget set up MyAppleJuice, a community enterprise, in 2010 to give people a way of using apples that would otherwise go to waste.
‘If you really observe people’s gardens and open spaces, you will see how many fruit trees there are and how many where the fruit is wasted – estimated at around 90%. MyAppleJuice provides the facilities and process to turn the apples into juice – all you have to do is to collect the apples and bring them over,’ enthuses Richard.
And lots of people have been doing just that – from community groups to schools to Bed & Breakfasts, the popularity of having your own fruit turned into a product with a much longer shelf life (typically 18 months) and then labelled with your house name, school or business is definitely of the 21st century.
Or is it? In fact, in a lot of other countries – for example in Italy for their olives – cooperative pressing facilities have been around for many centuries, providing a processing facility for small farms to create a product with a long life from their crops.
With MyAppleJuice, you can take any volume of apples, from a bucket to a trailer or more, to the presses at Savernake. Richard’s team will do the sorting, cleaning, pulping, pressing, pasteurising, bottling and labelling – all done ready for you to collect between 3 and 5 days later.
MyAppleJuice also offers a cordial making service which can be made from any stoned fruit such as damsons or plums.
For a real taste of Wiltshire and the Pewsey Vale, you can buy MyAppleJuice at many of the local shops and Post Offices, including Marr Green Farm Shop.
Whether you are a community group, school, business or individual, if you would like to make your apples or other fruit crop into juice or cordial, then just contact Richard at MyAppleJuice – information below.
When you take your fruit over or collect your delicious bottled juice, why not make a day of it? There are some lovely walks in Savernake, or perhaps visit Great Bedwyn village, Wilton Windmill or Crofton Beam Engines?
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