Ap­ple amnesty is a press­ing pro­ject

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER stu­art.greer@men­media.co.uk @stu­ar­tgreer

AMUM 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, and 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 and 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.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Sarah Simp­son is declar­ing an ap­ple amnesty so un­wanted ap­ples can be turned into fruit juice at The Ran­dom Ap­ple Com­pany

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