It's that time of year, Autumn is here, and the apples are finally ready to harvest. If you have a surplus of apples, you can bring them over to us in Lostwithiel and we'll take them off your hands in exchange for some cider. Even better, you can learn how to make your own cider on one of our afternoon courses.
Donated apples can be supplied in any container, but we do have string sacks for collection for anyone who wants them; donations can be exchanged for apple juice or cider, with quantity determined by the weight of your apples.
We press from mid-September to early November, and our production facility and shop on the Restormel Estate in Lostwithiel is open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
We encourage you not to pull the apples off your trees, but to shake them off. The apples will only fall off the tree if they are fully ripe; if you have to pull them or even twist them that means the starch hasn’t yet turned to the sugar we need for cider making.
Collecting them from the ground once they’ve fallen is fine so long as they haven’t started to go bad, but they get sorted again when we collect them and are washed twice before pressing.
Learn how to make cider at home, with us in our Cidery
Take our afternoon cider course and you'll learn how to make your own cider using a low-cost whole fruit juicer, plus you will go home with a gallon of your own fermenting cider.