Watergull Orchards in Wisbech welcome 100 visitors during the open weekend
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More than 100 visitors watched the fascinating process of Fenland apples being turned into juice at the weekend, when Wisbech based Watergull Orchards opened its doors to the public.
Apple fans were invited to sample some of the Wisbech grown Crispin fruit before it was pressed, and then had the chance to taste juice straight from the press.
David Fisher, who runs the company with his son James, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many people to our site, so they could get an insight into our operation.”
Visitors saw apples being crushed, and the resulting juice pasteurised, bottled, labelled and packed; as well as taking a tour of the apple store and the orchard on site.
Mr Fisher added: “As well as tasting juice straight from the press, members of the public were able to sample 15 varieties of bottled juice that we create.”
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Watergull Orchards in North Brink, Wisbech, made 18,000 bottles of apple and elderflower juice over the weekend, using their new Kreuzmayr press, the only one of its kind in the country.
Mr Fisher added: “Some of the apples we used at the weekend come from Alan Hudson Ltd, just a mile away from our premises, while other fruit comes from Bluntisham near Huntingdon.
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“It was a very successful weekend, and a great opportunity for us to show residents what happens to many of the apples they see growing around the Fens.”