It's the 2016 fruit glut season! Transition Cambridge Bulletin or our Facebook page are the best ways to look for help with picking, or acquiring excess fruit for jams chutneys etc. If you are a fruit tree owner with a fruit glut, please post a community news item to the Transition Bulletin here - it will appear in our weekly update which reaches around 2000 people in and around Cambridge. Please include a contact email - we will ensure that it is disguised so as not to attract spam. Simon's Cider will take excess fruit and give back a proportion of juice or cider. He will accept fruit if it's in a reasonable condition, eg. slight bruising and recent windfalls. Contact him directly via his webpage, but read his 'Apples Wanted' section first!
For freely available wild-growing fruit, take a look at our Cambridge Fruit Map. Please remember to ask permission of land owners or park wardens before you pick! This includes fruit that overhangs a public walkway from a private residence, and privately owned or managed parks and orchards, which maybe open to the public. Transition Cambridge supports legal, safe and responsible foraging.
This year we will be supporting Cambridge Sustainable Food at the Cambridge Botanic Garden annual Apple Day on Sunday 23rd October 2016 in the main marquee. If you'd like to help out on the stall or with in-advance preparations, please contact Kati
a lovely way to quickly process a fruit glut! In addition to the apple press, you'll need buckets, chopping bords and knives, bottles or plastic containers and a few willing hands to make it all happen.
Transition Cambridge now owns an apple press, and a crusher (to chop the apples up before putting them in the press)
The press is a 9-litre Vigo Press – you can see more info and pictures of the press and 'classic crusher' on the Vigo website So if you’re involved in a community project or fancy having a go at making your own apple juice, and you’d like to borrow the press and crusher, please email Liz.. A small donation to Transition Cambridge funds in return would be greatly appreciated!
Trumpington Community Orchard also has an apple press available to borrow. £20 returnable deposit and donation requested e.g. £10 for a weekend.
We have recently acquired a claw basket fruit picker on a 1.5m pole. it's currently in the CB4 area and available for loan. Please contact Jacky to arrange borrowing.
Fruit Identification - an online resource A useful place to help you identify apples and other tree fruits.
East of England Apples and Orchard Project Advice on orchard matters from grafting and pruning to local varieties.
The Fruit Harvest Project is not holding regular meetings at the moment, but we welcome people with interest and energy to help redistribute fruit and veg gluts. Come along to a Food Group meeting (details are in the Bulletin) or email The Food Group