Local Harvest

So all this August sunshine is great for the fruit that has survived the late spring frost, east coast wind and general rubbish summer…. At Thistly Cross, we have run a scheme over the last couple of years to give Landowners, smallholders and householders an incentive to maintain existing trees, plant new orchards and gather as much of the Scottish Harvest as possible. The fruit must come to us in good condition, clean, ripe without bruising or mould. It’s a tricky thing to organise and best done with friends and family. I think that’s why Community groups are keen to take up the offer – sourcing apples from a locality on behalf of some good cause, and using a school or hall as the collection point.

We are very happy to receive apples at the cidershed in box, trug, fishbox or tatties box ( by previous appointment). Poly bags tend to sweat the apples and bring them on a bit too much…and certainly we cannot trade in apples that are not up to scratch, as, at the end of the day, we are in the business of making good quality cider. Unfortunately we cannot pick the fruit ourselves as during autumn, we are busy with our own apples, pressing and juicing, amongst all the other jobs at Thistly HQ. So, for general guidance and enquiries, please feel free to contact me atĀ peter@thistlycrosscider.co.uk, asĀ despite our best efforts there are still apples left on the ground each year…

Here’s looking forward to a few more sunny weeks of late summer cider related pursuits!