Swanscoe apple juice business featured on country file

1 Oct 2018 04:03

King's Infant pupils enjoyed a starring role in BBC One's Country File feature on The Random Apple Company's corking new business. Children from King's Pre-School and Reception classes were filmed as the documentary makers examined the business model used by the Swanscoe apple juice makers.

Lily Simpson, who is the daughter of owners Sarah and Robert, brought her friends down to The Applery at Shrigley Fold farm to add that special cute factor for the film makers.

The feature shows how the apples go from branch to bottle and how the Simpson family have adopted a 'waste not want not' philosophy to organic food.

Mum Sarah Simpson said: "We hate to see home grown apples go to waste, so we decided to do something about it. Based at our HQ in Macclesfield, we started turning them into a delicious healthy blend with a taste that can vary from bottle to bottle. Homegrown not mass produced, no pesticides, chemicals or nasties, no added sugar or water and no concentrate. Just pure delicious local apples."

She added: "We encourage people to bring along their apples and in exchange we'll give them some of our delicious 'Random Apple' juice, bottled and ready to drink. The remaining juice blend from all the fruit that comes through the door is available to buy seasonally in The Applery and all year round in our favourite local shops and eateries.

"The 2014 season was our first year and the feedback we've been getting has been fantastic, with volunteers and really enjoying themselves and coming back for more every apple harvest! Pressing apples is great fun and we've designed our 'Applery' so that kids can come along with their homegrown apples and get involved."

King's Infant teacher Laura Marland said: "In school, the children have been learning all about apples: they have sponge painted and printed apple trees, done leaf rubbings, counted apples, cut apples in to halves and quarters, had a go at apple bobbing, and examined and labelled all the different parts of an apple. The trip to The Random Apple Company gave the children the chance to make the most delicious apple juice and see first-hand how it goes from tree to bottle. They also learned about the many different varieties of apple and had an opportunity to explore the woods. It was a very special day and we are all looking forward to the seeing the show on BBC One on Sunday 21st October."

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