We hate to see home grown apples go to waste, so we decided to do something about it. Based at our HQ in Macclesfield, we started turning them into a delicious healthy blend with a taste that can vary from bottle to bottle. I guess that makes us unique!
Homegrown not mass produced - so no pesticides, chemicals or nasties, no added sugar or water . . . and never from concentrate. Just pure delicious local apples.
We want your apples - and if you bring them along to our pressing days, we'll give you half your apples juiced quantity back bottled and ready to drink (fresh, or pasteurised). The remaining juice blend from all the fruit that comes through the door is available to buy seasonally in The Applery (see below for more info) and all year round in our favourite local shops and eateries - that way everyone can enjoy locally grown fruit, hand pressed in a traditional way!
The 2014 season was our first year and we were thrilled that so many people got involved. The feedback we've been getting has been fantastic too and the volunteers who turned up to give us a hand really enjoyed themselves - coming back for more every apple harvest!
Pressing apples is great fun and we've designed our 'Applery' so that kids can come along with their homegrown apples and get involved . . . now all we need to do is wait for this year's harvest. Fingers crossed it's a good 'un!!
What is The Applery?
The Applery at Shrigley Fold, Swanscoe, Macclesfield, SK10 5SZ (07742 678873)
It's what we call the old stable that we've converted into a juicing room. It's all decked out with apple green workbenches, a mill, a press, pasteurisers and more. It's where we wash and sort the apples, before pulping them and pressing them to make our juices. We add a dash of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to help keep its natural colour and then it's pumped up into our containers, bottled and pasteurised.
Want to get involved?
We're currently closed - but open again once our 2018 apple season starts!
Keep an eye out for updates during summer detailing our 2018 public pressing
days - or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@randomjuices) for up-to-the-minute
information about what we're up to!
What we can do with YOUR apples this season . . .
Before you pick . . . check they're ripe!
The majority of apples in Macclesfield and the surrounding area will (depending on the variety) ripen from early September all the way through until December. Check your apples by cutting one in half . . . Pips still white? Your apples aren't ready so leave them on the tree so they have a chance to grow bigger . . . and get sweeter! Pips dark brown? Get them all picked (carefully!) and bring them to The Random Apple Company!
We can only juice eating apples and some cooking apples (the juice of some varieties really puckers up your mouth!) – make sure you do a ‘bite test’ before you bring them along. If you're unsure if your apples are suitable just give us a call or drop us a message as we'd hate to have to turn your apples away!
Firstly we’ll give your apples a good sort - to produce unspoilt juice all apples used have to be free from any nasties like bruises, rot or bugs. Bad apples will be removed, then your fruit-to-juice swap quantity calculated. Before you leave you will receive juice to take home - blended to perfection, bottled in 1L glass bottles, and pasteurised to last for a year+ (but we don't think you'll be wanting to wait that long to drink it!).
If you want juice back fresh and unpasteurised, that's fine. That way you can either drink it within a couple of days knowing it is as good for you as can be, or it may be that you secretly want to try making your own cider?! If you've got this in mind please contact us prior to bringing your apples!
If you would prefer to get juice back from your very own apples rather than a mixed blend, we can do that too! As they need to go through the press and bottled separately we do need you to bring a large quantity - a minimum of 40kg (approx 3 full standard garden trugs). We also charge a standard £20 to put your juice through separately - irrespective of whether you bring 40kg or 400kg! Just let us know when you drop off your apples if you'd like us to do this.
The Applery is in a converted stable so please come suitably dressed if you want to stay - it can get chilly so bring a coat! Wellies (clean please!) or trainers are also recommended as it can get a bit messy with all the sweet and sticky apple juice flowing. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch and snacks if you plan on staying for most of the day.
Private Pressing Sessions
We are huge advocates of the importance of outdoor learning and providing children with a broad and varied understanding of the world around them - and through our pressing days we’ve recognised what a unique experience we can offer with our sustainable ‘branch-to-bottle’ approach to seasonal locally grown fruit.
We are determined to offer our hands-on apple pressing experience to as many children as possible so we have created a number of morning and afternoon private pressing sessions for school groups throughout apple harvest season (September to November).
Please get in touch if you’re a school or club and would like to find out more!
Local pruning service and apple advice
If your fruit tree is looking a little worse for wear or needs an annual tidy-up we can help! We've been trained by Westcountryman (aka apple aficionado Les Davies) to be able to help with formative pruning, maintenance and even restoration of old and poor producing trees.
And if you want to plant an apple tree or two, but don't know how (or which one!), we've learnt a lot planting up our own orchards of over 160 trees . . . and want to share our knowledge! Just get in touch.
The Random Wassail
In January 2016 we held our first 'Random Wassail' - a free but private event in our own orchard for friends of The Random Apple Company who donated their apples during the previous season or helped us with pressing.
The custom of wassailing dates back to pagan times to drive out evil spirits from the apple trees and 'bless' them for the forthcoming year's harvest. Now a much revived and widely recognised event, mainly in the orchards of the south of England, we gave celebrations our own 'random' twist with local morris dancers, folk singers, an atmospheric ceremony led by the 'Orchard King', a bonfire, family picnic spread . . . and of course plenty of hot mulled apple juice!
"What an authentic atmosphere! I felt like I was part of a secret apple worshipping cult - I'm now ready to pledge my allegiance to the King of the Orchard!"
If you want to stock our delicious juices in your farmshop, cafe, deli or restaurant then please get in touch.
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