This May holiday weekend should have been the Big Apple’s thirtieth year of running Blossomtime in Putley, but sadly it won’t be happening this year. This annual opportunity to enjoy the orchards full of apple blossom and to taste many different local ciders, perries and apple juices has become an established part of the calendar in this corner of Herefordshire.
The new product from last year’s harvest is becoming ready to drink – and there’s no stopping it! Many craft makers depend on local events and tourism and hospitality businesses to sell their cider, perry and apple juice – and so they are taking a big hit from lockdown.
This year’s blossom is the start of next year’s cider – but first there is a need to sell last year’s stock. Normally, Putley Parish Hall would have been heaving with visitors buying cider, perry and apple juice. The nine producers who had arranged to be there have been working hard to find extra ways to make their drinks available within the licensing laws – whether that is through online orders, local deliveries, click and collect, farm shops and village stores.
So the Big Apple is supporting them through a special information area on their website at https://www.bigapple.org.uk/blossomtime-2020/. Many regular Big Apple venues are to be found there including Once Upon a Tree, Gregg’s Pit, Woodredding Farm, Pope’s Perry, Yew Tree Farm and Jus Apple Juice. And two special guests who each won awards at last year’s Big Apple Cider and Perry Trials: Bartestree Cider, last year’s Champion Perrymaker, and Halfpenny Green Cider, winner of the bottle fermented/conditioned cider. So please support our local makers. Take a look to find out how you can get hold of your favourite tipple – or try something new – or better still, try several!
This piece has been provided by the Big Apple Association