Cider & Perry Co at Broome Farm, Peterstow is always
a pleasure to visit, as Ross Guides discovered when they
went on a tour of this award winning cider farm on Saturday
afternoon. Proprietor, Mike Johnson loves to talk about
his work and happily showed the guides around and introduced
them to the herd of Alpacas and the pigs, including the
new piglets, before taking them up to the orchards.
showed the guides how apples are shaken from the trees,
explaining how this used to be done manually, but now the
farm has a wonderful machine to take some of the hard work
out of it all, then he showed them how it is done today.
Once on the floor, the apples have to be gathered up and
he gave a demonstration of yet another marvellous invention
that saves a lot of back breaking work. A lot of this work
still has to be done by hand, but a lot of time is saved
by the machinery. Mike then explained about the different
varieties of apples of pears grown at Broome Farm, allowing
the girls to taste them to compare flavours.
the tour, the guides were taken back to the barn where the
apples and pears already harvested were being pressed. The
girls were keen to try their hand at this and Mike allowed
them to do so, before letting them try some of juice they
had helped to press. They also tried some of the delicious
cider cake made by Mike's sister, Hilary of Broome Farm
B & B before heading off to the Cider Cellar, from where
the cider is sold.
followed the guides on their tour and found it both interesting
and enjoyable. Thank you to the guides for allowing us to
join them and to Mike and his team for an enjoyable afternoon.