Once the apple are harvest and pressed in November there's a busy winter ahead.
In December we planted a new orchard with 910 cider apple trees. The orchard is known as Common Piece and is right in the middle of our village of Frith Common near Tenbury Wells.
People from the village who have helped on the farm over the years came to plant a tree to help complete the task in time for Christmas. There is a fantastic community spirit here in Frith Common, friends and neighbours like to get stuck in and help each other out when needed. Two of our neighbours who came to plant a tree were John and Edna Knott who have been involved in cider making at Oldfields since 1960.
All the cider at Oldfields Farm is made from freshly pressed and fermented apples. The new apple trees are earlier maturing varieties, Helens, Prince William and Three Counties to help spread the harvest and use of our fermentation tanks. These are also varieties that make a well balanced tasty cider.
The new four-acre orchard adds to seven acres planted in 2013 and brings the total area of orchards around Oldfields Farm to 65 acres.
This is also great news for Tenbury Wells, christened ‘ the little town in the orchard’ by Queen Victoria, where sadly many orchards had been grubbed up before the recent boom in popularity of good quality, locally made artisan cider.