Sunday, 18 October 2009

2009 Picking & Panking* Team


Pictured here, getting down and dirty amongst the cider apples in Worcestershire, are this years crack orchard team Paul & Sue (Note: Only one of the above seem to be taking the safety wear policy seriously. Clue: It's not Paul!). They're smiling here because it's nearly time to go to the Horse & Hounds for a lunchtime pint...

Todays haul amounted to the best part of 3/4 of a ton of Yarlington Mill apples, a vintage quality cider apple variety which will form the backbone of this years Rockingham Forest Cider. We may even make a small quantity of single variety Yarlington Mill cider.

Another excellent day in the orchard, our luck with the weather continues, and a tremendous effort from Paul & Sue to harvest this bumper crop of apples.

*Panking: The shaking or knocking down of ripe apples or pears from a tree, often involving the use of a long 'Panking Pole'

2 comments:

Steve Appleseed said...

What a lovely fruit is Yarlington Mill! Maybe a little biennial, but in an on year, which I find is 7 out of 10, such a heavy crop and such near-perfect medium bittersweet cider apples.

Long Live YM

Karen and Mark said...

Yes, to me they just look like a cider apple should. We've got a similar quantity of Vilberie to harvest in November, a serious Bittersweet, though not nearly as pretty...