Category Archives: 2010 Scrumping Project

The Surfin Turnips performing at the scrumping projects, big apple day

The surfin turnips rock the Grimsbury Farm Barn

The surfin turnips rock the Grimsbury Farm Barn

The Surfin Turnips performing at the scrumping projects, big apple day.
Full video of the 2010/11 project to follow.

Apples and Turnips invade the Farm… !

As the autumn sunshine melted the early morning frost, the sound of apples and turnips invaded Grimsbury farm, for it’s second annual pressing day.

Apple Juice, the colour of autumn

Apple Juice, the colour of autumn

And what a special day it was.

First, it was fantastic to see so many families arriving with carrier bags full of apples, eager for them to be pressed by the Scrumping project’s ‘big green Juicing machine’ and taste their own apple juice. Children were invited to design and colour in their individual labels, to stick on bottles and take away to enjoy (as the labels says, consume within 3 days !). It was great fun and I’m proud to say the press coped brilliantly, pressing thousands of apples in less than four hours. A big thanks to Cider punk Martin and big Bruce for bringing their scratters and David from the FoGF who manfully kept the press turning all afternoon.

Next we passed 30 litres of Cox and Golden Delicious, apples picked from Mrs Whites Garden in Frampton Cotterall, which I later pasteurized and bottled. This will be sold at our local schools Christmas fete to raise funds for the PTA. We also pressed 10 gallons of Kingston Black to make a single variety cider, a prized cider which hopefully I won’t turn into vinegar. We even pressed grapes, promptly turning the pressing bag a deep burgundy red (check it out on the video coming soon)

It was also a thrill to see visitors having a chance to taste last years vintage ‘Forgotten Fruit’ cider, which we’d pressed almost a year ago to the day. Ok, it didn’t win at the Royal Bath and West show but it got the thumbs up in Warmley, South Glos, where it really counts !.

As usual the brilliant Friends of Grimsbury Farm worked tirerously throughout the day using their giant wooden press and their new hydro press (or the weeping dalek as we named it!) to process hundreds of gallons of juice, pressing for both pear and apple Juice as well as pressing cider for both the farm and the Scrumping Project.

At 1.30 the Surfin Turnips rocked the barn, treating the crowd to punk fueled cider songs, drawing in the crowds and giving us scrumpers the perfect sound scape to do our work. Even the Gloucester Old spots where rocking in their pigsties.

Thanks again to everybody for making it such a memorable day. The Avon wildlife trust laid on some fantastic entertainment for the children and visitors were even encouraged to join in a cookery class to make apple pies and mulled apple juice.

Don’t forget you can buy your own special momento by investing in a limited edition 2010/11 Scrumping Project t shirt, only £8 (fair wear for a better world). All profits help to fund the Scrumping Project.

Keep your eyes on this blog and http://www.orchardeye.com for updates on the cider and I’ll look forward to sharing the finished product with you all in the summer.

I’ll put the video together over the next couple of weeks and post it on you tube and the blog as well as posting more pictures (unfortunately I was so busy with the pressing I only managed to take a few)

Thanks again, great work everybody,

Neilx

1,2,3,4, cider cider cider !!!! (as the Ramones once possibly said)

1,2,3,4, cider cider cider !!!! (as the Ramones once possibly said)


The Surfin Turnips rock the barn

The Surfin Turnips rock the barn


Visitors relax in the autumn sunshine, enjoying the music and atmosphere

Visitors relax in the autumn sunshine, enjoying the music and atmosphere


Visitors bring their apples to be pressed

Visitors bring their apples to be pressed


Another satisfied customer

Another satisfied customer


the old and the new (presses that is !)

the old and the new (presses that is !)


the hydro press in action with tony and the soundman

the hydro press in action with tony and the soundman


the bottle gang

the bottle gang


Apple Juice, the colour of autumn

Apple Juice, the colour of autumn

Welcome to the 2010 Scrumping Project…

See dates below for this years Scrumping Project. I’m really excited about this year’s events which, with the involvement of South Glos Council, Grimsbury farm and Avon wildlife trust should be a great fun and rewarding couple of days.

More details to follow on the events including how you can take away your own apple juice and cider, become more involved and buy a limited edition low carbon ‘Scrumping project 2010’ t shirt

2010 Scrumping Project is Launched !

9th October 2010

The Scrumping Project picking day 9th October 2010

We well be holding an apple picking morning at the old ‘Magnox Oldbury’ Orchard, South Gloucestershire, collecting unused and forgotten apples on the 9th October 2010, to make pure South Gloucestershire cider and apple Juice. The apples will be pressed on the 17th October at Grimsbury Community Farm, Warmley. Numbers will be limited to around 20 for this event.

Scrumping Project Apple Pressing Day

The Juice will flow....


On Sunday 17th October as part of the Grimsbury Farm Apple Day we will be holding the 2nd Scrumping Project apple pressing event. This year we hope to press for both apple juice as well as cider so hopefully you will be able to take home your own bottle of pure and fresh apple juice. We hope to have 3 presses in action including the farms own giant wooden press. We will be encouraging visitors to bring along their own scrumped apples whether from their own back gardens or village fruit trees (with permission of course) . We will also be displaying an exhibition of photography from this and last years event plus there will be an opportunity to taste the 2009 Cider. Fun for all including, juicing demonstrations, storytelling, Poetry, music, ‘a history of cider making’ exhibition, farm animals, apple pie, jam making (and eating), as well as other refreshments.

Please let me know if you are interested in getting involved in the project, intend to bring your own apples along (it will be great to know where you are bringing them from) or just want to comment on the blog.

Best Wishes

Neil