Big Apple Press Returns to Chiswick High Road

Bring your spare fruit to Abundance London to make juice

The apple press will be used on a huge amount of fruit. Picture: Abundance London


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Abundance London will be bringing the Big Apple Press to Chiswick High Road again on Sunday 4 September. From 10.30pm to 3pm it will be setting up at the Flower Market and offering juicing. You are invited to bring your spare apples, and come along to taste this year's juice, for free although donations are always welcome.

Abundance volunteers have been picking local trees, making their own jams and jellies for the past few weeks, and will be bringing the bulk of the harvest to Old Market Place to coincide with the Flower Market. If you have surplus apples bring them along, with empty bottles to collect your juice (bottles for those who donate apples, cups for tasting for others, bring your own cup if possible).

Organiser Karen Liebreich says, “Surprisingly, given the dry weather, this year's apple and pear harvest has been excellent, though the fruit is ripening ever earlier, thanks to climate change. Apple Day was created in 1990 by an organisation called Common Ground and set for 21st October; when Abundance London started in Chiswick 13 years ago we spent September harvesting with local schools and used to hold our Apple Day as close to that date as possible. Blackberries, that great partner to apples, used to be picked in autumn, traditionally before October 31st when passing witches pee on them and render them inedible.

"This year the blackberries started in early July and were pretty well over by mid-August. We started harvesting apples in July, and the bulk of the local harvest should be ready by our Apple Pressing Day on 4th September.”

Apples for pressing
Apples for pressing. Picture: Abundance London

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August 28, 2022

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