The apple remains the ‘core’ of our heart

The apple remains the ‘core’ of our heart

Back in 1992, Cornish Orchards began as a scheme with Cornwall Council to reintroduce Cornish apple varieties to the UK. Even today, apples are naturally still at the heart of everything we do.

Over the next couple of weeks, we want to highlight some of the amazing things that happen on our farm and to shine a spotlight on all the wonderful things we do in the making of our delicious ciders and soft drinks.

We want to share with you some of the stories that help make our brand so special, we’ll even let you in on a few secrets of how we make our cider so tasty. So if you’re keen on learning more about cider making, love nature and the environment, or if you have a similar love affair with the apple as much as we do, then make sure you follow us on our social media pages and keep an eye on our blog, as this is where we will be sharing everything with you!

Royal beginnings: A rich past

It all started back in 1992 when our founder Andy Atkinson, who at the time was a dairy farmer, moved his herd of dairy cattle to Westnorth Manor Farm which has formed part of the Duchy of Cornwall Estate since the 1950’s.

Drawing on motivation from Cornwall Council’s project to save, rejuvenate and replant traditional apple orchards, Andy worked closely with them to help reintroduce Cornish apple varieties back to the UK, as well as to encourage birds and wildlife to the area.

Andy started by planting three orchards on the farm which is now one of the largest collections of Cornish apple varieties in the county, creating the perfect wildlife habitat.

Nowadays: An ongoing love affair with the apple

Fast forward 20 years, with the same entrepreneurial spirit and love for nature and the apple, there are many more aspects that are ‘core’ to our brand.

From personal touches such as the hand-grading of every single apple that travels down the conveyor belt, to the way we let our cider ferment in cool over winter ambient temperatures letting nature do its thing, to the way we recycle our waste apple pomace to local farmers as feed for their cattle or the waste yeast which is  eventually used to generate energy or used as pig feed. You could say that nature leads the way for us at Cornish Orchards.

Working with nature has ensured the best quality of product every time. You could even say it just comes ‘naturally’ to us to do things this way, which it does.

There is so much we can tell you, but we don’t want to spoil all the amazing things we have in the pipeline. Find us on social media and follow us @cornishorchards, as this is only the beginning of this journey to explore our love of cider and apples, so we don’t want you to miss out!

Posted by Beccy Price
3rd August 2019

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