Yesterday was Parke’s Apple Day which we ran in partnership with Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust, Home Farm Cafe and Hunt’s Cider. Here are a few photos from the day (I didn’t stay long as I was thick with a cold ….)
The Walled Garden at Parke is currently looking amazing – the fruits and many of the vegetables are coming up and are ready for harvest. Once ready all the fruit will be one sale at Parke (first come first served!) or will go to Parke’s Home Farm Cafe.
Grapes – both white and red varieties have done well this year. We will be juicing them on Apple Day later in the year – maybe wine in the future!
NB – these are the red grapes – the white ones on this bunch will turn red soon.
With spring comes all the blossom – it is interesting to think why blossom is almost universally white or at least a pinky white when so many of the non tree flowers are yellow. The reason must be that both colours are attractive to pollinating insects.
One of our volunteers Mark has been working for months restoring / creating an apple press and a scratter (which crushes apples before they go in the press) at Parke. Well, after all the hard work they are finished and they work!
Here is the apple press
Mark cleaning the scratter before crushing the apples
The crushing cogs
Into the press
Pressing (some time later)
The apple juice!
Brilliant! This single pressing produced around 30 litres of juice.
Thanks Mark for all your hard work – a craftsman and a gentleman.