Cornish cider maker appeals for apples from the community to make up shortfall

Cider and apple juice maker Cornish Orchards is offering cash for apples from community orchards after poor weather hit its own harvests.

orchard - image: Mark Shirley
orchard - image: Mark Shirley

According to Cornish Orchards representative Caitie Parrott: "Following a very wet and windy summer destroying many of our apple crops we are keen to round up as many local apples as possible, and to help local groups raise some money."

Suppliers are paid £170 per tonne of unsprayed apples delivered to Cornish Orchards' Westnorth Manor Farm, part of the Duchy of Cornwall estate. They will be used to create the 2012 vintage Heritage Cider, which this year was awarded two gold stars by the Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food.

The team which supplies the most apples, and with the most creative idea for doing so, will win a day out at Cornwalls's Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan, as well as a tour of the farm, a tasting, and £20 worth of Cornish Orchards juice drinks.

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