For the last few years we have run an apple scrumping and juicing project. You can buy this year’s juice via our Open Food Network shop.
This year we are running our apple juicing project in partnership with Alphington Community Association and will be holding an Alphington Apple Day on Saturday 21 October 2-4pm at Alphington Village Hall.
We pick apples that would otherwise have gone to waste from local people’s gardens and allotments in Ide and Exeter, as well as local farms and orchards, including West Town Farm and Ide Community Orchard. All the apples are picked by volunteers and we have over 30 adults and children involved in helping out each year.
The apples are turned into delicious juice by Devon Orchard Ltd at Little Bowhay Farm in Shillingford, and the bottles are sold to cover juicing costs and generate income to fund our community activities. We also donate some of the juice to food banks. Some of the apples and the juice we use for our lunch club and cookery demos. In 2020 we produced 740 bottles / 555 litres of juice, so rescued approximately 1 tonne of apples. 2021 was a bad year for apples due to frosts in Spring, but we still made 365 bottles of juice.