Blossomtime in Putley with The Big Apple Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May 2018

http://lavenderhousebythesea.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=http://lavenderhousebythesea.com/ Putley is preparing for the annual celebration of its orchards, which this year will take place on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May. Blossomtime in Putley is centred on a cider tasting in the village hall, based on entries from the Big Apple Cider and Perry Trials with over 150 ciders and perries available to taste – including our highest ever number of dry ciders.

Together with its surrounding parishes, Putley is famous for its orchards, and the mix of dessert and cider fruit means that there will be blossom somewhere at this time of year. Visitors can walk through the orchards, taste the ciders, enjoy a home-made lunch or tea – and discover for themselves why orchards are special places and apples matter to us all. On Monday morning, the Skittery family will welcome visitors to see how Jus, their award winning single variety apple juice, is made at Birchall Farm in Aylton. Continue reading “Blossomtime in Putley with The Big Apple Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May 2018”

Photographic Exhibition – “A Fruit Farming Year: Nature and Nurture” May 26 – June 9

Wildflowers in the orchards at Castle Fruit Farm by Pat Strauss

Ledbury Food Group’s eagerly awaited photographic exhibition “A Fruit Farming Year: Nature and Nurture”, featuring photos by local photographer Pat Strauss, will be on display from http://theblindclub.com/utility/convert/index.php 26 May – 9 June in the Panelled Room of the Master’s House.

Ledbury Food Group arranged for Pat to visited the family-run modern commercial orchards of Castle Fruit Farm throughout one farming year. Expecting perhaps a simple cycle of planting, growing and picking, we discover instead a myriad of diverse but interconnected activities. In winter, when the countryside appears dormant, we see workers juggling the weather to plant and protect young trees, alongside bird netting and counting, and putting up nesting boxes. Migrating birds are orchard “workers” too, clearing pests and cleaning up unharvested fruit.

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So Harvest is Over …

Cider apple tree shaking by Pat Strauss

So harvest is over ! Our Summer family of pickers are mostly homeward bound after a very busy and lucrative time here. They go home to their communities hoping for good snow as many of them work in the ski business in the winter. They were a good crew and we hope we will see most of them next year. Continue reading “So Harvest is Over …”

Local is the word at Trumpet Corner Tea Room and Art Gallery

We are very lucky in Ledbury and District to have some super places to eat – a view confirmed by entries on Trip Advisor. What is more, most of these feature food and drink products from the local district.

When Jo Stephens took on the Trumpet Corner Tea Room and Art Gallery just over 2 years ago she realised the importance of using local produce. “People appreciate good quality food from local sources and our regular customers recognise that local sourced food means keeping money in the local economy.” Continue reading “Local is the word at Trumpet Corner Tea Room and Art Gallery”

Big Apple Harvestime celebrations 14th and 15th October 2017

Herefordshire has plenty of reasons to celebrate English apples, orchards and cider and the annual Big Apple weekend offers a special opportunity to enjoy the autumn countryside on the Marcle Ridge. The event is based on nine venues in and around Much Marcle – and cider and perry making will be in full swing at seven of them! Continue reading “Big Apple Harvestime celebrations 14th and 15th October 2017”

Harvest is starting at Castle Fruit Farm. The Team arrives !

Castle Fruit Farm: Mira, Krassi and Eva

The year is flying by! I am going to introduce you to our team. The weather, the pollinators, the condition of the trees are all important but above all it is our team that brings the orchards literally to fruition with great quality fruits which keeps us an economic thriving fruit farm. Continue reading “Harvest is starting at Castle Fruit Farm. The Team arrives !”