We Want Your Apples!


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We are asking you to bring your apples to our Farm Festival and Open Weekend on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, and exchange them for cider or fresh apple juice!

Purton House Organics has teamed up with Nick Howard, owner of local cider company The CiderCircle, who will offer free cider or cash in return for donated apples. Local Entreprenuer Nick says: “I’m always on the look-out for apples. We live in a time of rising fuel and food costs, and yet all this fruit is going to waste in people’s gardens, mainly because people just don’t know what to do with it. It’s great to ask people to bring their apples to the Purton Farm Festival. What better way to produce an ecologically sound and local product, that includes the people of the locality too? They give us their unwanted fruit, and in return I offer them cider or money for them. It’s a win-win situation, and also a chance to have a great day out too!” The CiderCircle will be at the event on the Saturday only, although donations can be left both days.

The farm has also joined forces with SCAN ( Swindon Climate Action Network ) to borrow their apple press machine for the weekend, so those who want to can turn their apples into fresh apple juice! “It’s been great to be able to borrow the apple press from SCAN,” says Liz Brackenbury, Event Co-ordinator for the Farm Festival. “It means people can bring their own apples and containers, or buy our organic apples from the farm shop, and turn their fruit into fresh apple juice to take away and enjoy!”

The Farm Festival and Open Weekend is being held at Purton Farm Shop over the weekend of 14th and 15th September, from 10am til late Saturday, and 10am – 6pm Sunday. This FREE event is about showcasing all that the farm has to offer!  Over the weekend you can follow the FREE farm trail and see first-hand how the fruit and vegetables are grown on this local working organic farm. Visit the ever expanding farm shop where the very produce you can see being grown is available to buy, alongside locally sourced, fair trade, ethical and free range products, all at affordable prices!  Taste before you buy with FREE food sampling of a wide range of the freshest quality locally sourced produce, and meet the animals. FREE face painting for the children, and a whole range of craft stalls to visit and FREE  demonstrations. Plus LIVE music in conjunction with Riffs Bar with local bands playing to add that festival vibe. Licensed bar, food, refreshments and more! Weekend camping available for £8/tent. We hope to see you there to enjoy all the fun at our farm!