Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pressing Matters


Apple season is upon us, and if, over the coming weeks, you have spare apples and would like them pressed, organic farmers John and Lesley are happy to offer the use of their handsome apple cider press (circa 1870). That's John in the photo with Rachel visiting from Nashville, USA, turning the gears and mashing the apples by hand. "It can be driven by a motor," says John, "but we find two people working on it can make about 2.5 litres an hour (with clean-up) and that's fast enough for us." Last year they used it to make Apple Cider Vinegar using the golden delicious apples grown on their Lilydale farm. This year, they're happy to press your apples - for a share of the juice of course.

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