Apples set to defy hot summer for vintage harvest
THE dry summer has not quenched the thirst of an Anglesey cider maker for donated apples.
Amlwch-based Jaspels relies on a bank of fruit donors to make its awardwinning ciders and it is confident supplies will hold up this autumn.
In fact founders Adrian and Janet Percival are hoping to increase its apple tonnage from 20 to 28 or even 30.
“The main difference this year is that the fruit is ready a little earlier – people are already dropping them off,” said Janet.
“Some people say their crops are not as heavy this year but it depends on the variety and location.
“We have more donors this year anyway, so we’re looking forward to a good harvest.”
On Monday the couple posted a Facebook video inviting donations of any variety, with instructions on how to harvest properly.
Donors don’t go away empty-handed – for each 25kg of apples, they will receive two bottles of cider next spring.
Donations of pears and damsons are also needed: Jaspels hopes to produce its first perry in 2019.