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A round-up of events from Thatchers Cider in Sandford
Bringing in the apples
WITH the weather conditions here in Somerset providing a perfect climate for apple growing, this year has been no exception, and we’ve been busy out in the orchards bringing in the apples. “We had cold temperatures during winter to allow the trees a sufficient dormant period,” explains Meet Kevin, Chris and Harry, part of our orchard team our farm manager Chris working around the clock to harvest our apples. Muntz-Torres. “Sun and warmth during the spring helped the blossom and encouraged pollination by our bees, which in turn helped the fruit to set; while the wet weather in August – while not popular with humans – was just what the apples needed to swell up.” This year we started harvesting around a week earlier than in recent years. With practically perfect conditions we’re expecting a crop of exceptional quality this year with our preferred balance of tannin, sweetness and acidity. “The quality of the fruit is vital to producing the tastiest cider,” adds Martin Thatcher, “which is why we go to great lengths to ensure that our harvest is carried out with as much care and attention as we make our ciders.”
Tales from the orchard
WE really enjoyed welcoming pupils from Sandford School to the farm for an Autumn guided tour through our orchards. Farm manager Chris talked to the pupils about the life cycle of the apple trees, and the different types of apple that we grow at Myrtle Farm. The pupils even got the chance to taste the apples straight from the tree. “It was a real treat for the children to be able to walk through the orchards at this time of year,“ Mrs Lin Williams, Executive Head at Sandford School told us. “For many it was their first experience of enjoying an orchard at harvest time, and picking apples straight from the tree. They all certainly enjoyed their time, and learned a lot – from talking about pollination through to harvest.”
Cheers from us all at Myrtle Farm
What’s on at The Railway Inn
REMEMBER Remember the 5th of November! Coming up soon is our Fireworks Night celebrations at The Railway Inn. There’ll be fireworks (of course), a bonfire, BBQ and mulled cider! It’s a free entry event for the whole family, starting at 5.30. We hope to see you there. Full details of our Christmas menu and New Year’s Eve celebrations are available at www.therailwayinn.com
Are you ready for Christmas shopping?
WE’RE ready and stocked up at the Cider Shop at Myrtle Farm. As well as gift packs and hampers, we have gift vouchers, and of course, our full range of ciders. Try Family Reserve for a special celebration, or our Cider Barn Redstreak, recently voted the World’s Best Sparkling Cider.
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