A mum has come up with a novel idea to turn the town’s unused fruit into tasty juice - an apple amnesty.
As the apple season comes to a climax Sarah Simpson from The Random Apple Company based in Rainow is appealing for your unwanted apples.
In return the former marketing manager turned food producer will make it into delicious apple juice, bottle it and give you back half. The rest is sold in local shops.
Sarah, 31, who is mum to 10-month-old Lily, said the idea was born out of her dismay at seeing all the fruit from local trees rotting away.
She said: “On walks around the area I noticed how many people have fruit trees, but let the fruit go to waste, either because they have busy lives or they don’t know what to do with it. I decided to something about it.”
Sarah has set up an applery where she washes and sorts apples, before mashing and pressing them into juice.
Donors can even roll up their sleeves and get involved on pressing days which this season run on September 6 and 19, October 3, 17 and 24, all from 9am-3pm.
Sarah said: “Last season was our first attempt and we were thrilled that so many people got involved. Pressing apples is great fun and we’ve designed our applery so that kids can come along and get involved.”
The average garden trug will have 10kg of apples which produces about 2.5 litres of juice.
During the bottling process vitamin C is added to the juice which is then pasteurised to give it a shelf-life of a year.
In a story which mimics the hit Eighties film Baby Boom, Sarah left her job as marketing whizz at Adidas in 2013 and started her own kitchen and food business.
She said: “Since I was a child I’ve always been a forager and used the fruit I collect. After I left Adidas I started making jams and jellies which my friends really liked, and I started a business called The Kitchen.”
Sarah’s supplies her produce to The Prestbury Farm Shop, N.Carter & Co Butchers on Church Street, and Plums Kitchen in Market Place. Sarah has an orchard with almost 60 trees growing apples, pear, quince, plums and cherries.
She also grows raspberries, strawberries, tayberries, blackberries, blueberries, loganberries and gooseberries.
Visit swanscoe.co.uk to learn what to do with your unwanted apples.