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You may recall that 2016 was a really nice summer. As a consequence, we had a bumper crop of excellent apples. We don’t hurry our ciders here at Mosser, but the first of the 2016 vintage (Tremlett’s Bitter – see picture of the apples above) is now ready for drinking […]

Cider update – 2016 vintage


May is always one of the best┬átimes in the orchard, as the weather turns warmer and the blossom comes out. In fact, this year everything is a bit early and the earliest blossom is already out. In the orchard at Mosser, the first variety┬áto bloom is usually Golden Spire (otherwise […]

Blossom time



The winter is a fairly quiet time in the orchard and cider barn – just the winter pruning to do and the last of the cider to make. However, this year the pruning was more of a task because I missed doing it last year. That means this year’s pruning […]

Spring has sprung?


For those unfamiliar with craft cider and perry, I thought it would be helpful to write down a few thoughts on tasting. Firstly, it is important to remember that craft cider and perry is 100% juice (or very nearly) and so has a lot more flavour than is to be […]

Tasting notes for craft cider


My birthday today, and as a present I received 1kg of wildflower seed. In anticipation, I had cut the orchard grass very short, exposing some bare patches, so I hope the seed germinates OK next year. The seed mixture was EM3F from Emorsgate (wildseed.co.uk) and follows on from sowing the […]

Sowing the orchard meadow



Looking after fruit trees is one thing, but thought also needs to be given to the space between them. Should you just let the grass and weeds grow, apply weedkiller, mow regularly, or what? After trying a few things, we have settled on an approach which encourages wildflowers and discourages […]

Orchard Floor Management





2016 has been a bumper year for apples! Practically every fruit grower in Cumbria has had a greater-than-usual crop. The late spring stayed warm right through to the end of June and was followed by mild damp weather which swelled the fruit. Then September and October were sunny once more, […]

Bountiful harvest in 2016