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07/08/2019: The 20th Worcester CAMRA Beer, Cider & Perry Festival

For those of you lucky enough to live near to Worcester, CAMRA's 20th Worcester Beer & Cider festival starts tomorrow and runs right through to Saturday. West Croft Cider is proud and happy to be one of the cider makers in attendance. Visitors will be able to try West Croft Dry, Janet's Jungle Juice, Sweedium, Sweet and the brand new West Croft Medium at the festival.

But what if you don't live near enough to Worcester to attend? Even worse, what if you live close but have to work over the weekend? Well, the good news there is that all the West Croft Ciders as well as their famous cider vinegar for culinary use and health promotion, can be ordered online and delivered to your door.

All the ciders are available in quantities of 5, 10 and 20 litres, packed bag in a box and ready to serve. In a cool room, they should keep for a couple of months, if you can resist them for that long. You can choose one variety, or go for a mixed order of three different ciders for comparison or making your own personal blend. Take a look at the online shop and get your supply sorted.

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04/07/2019: New Flail Mower for Control of Orchard Grass

An important new bit of kit arrived at West Croft Farm last week. We have invested in a new flail mower to keep the orchard grass under control.

This may seem like a "big boy's toy" acquisition, but it does have a very serious role in maintaining the quality of the cider. By giving greater control over the length of the grass in the run up to harvest time, we can make sure that the fruit has an optimally soft landing. The apple crop is easier to collect and harvest, so gets turned into cider sooner. This will also help keep the fruit cleaner when harvested, so we will be saving water too.

There is no truth in the rumour though, that John will be asking people to raise their glasses and shout Wass-Flail at next year's celebration.

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30/05/2019: World Cider Day

On June 3rd it is World Cider Day. All over the globe people will be getting together to share the joy of our favourite drink.

What better reason for getting your order in online now to make sure that a fresh supply of West Croft Farm produce is there, ready for friends and family to share?

There are events planned for many locations around the globe, which can be found here, or how about organising your own get-together?

It would be great to hear about what everyone is doing to mark this auspicious occasion, so drop us a line with details of your celebrations and we will post the most interesting ones here.

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09/04/2019: Beltane celebrations always go better with a glass of West Croft Cider

The feast of Beltane is a Celtic tradition and a quarter day festival. People celebrate the return of summer with a feast that begins on the eve of May 1st. Fire is central to the celebration, being a purifier and cleanser. All over the country, Beltane bonfires will be lit, which people can walk or dance around, or even jump over to celebrate the fertility of the earth and themselves.

In history, farmers would often walk their cattle between fires to purify them before putting them out to pasture after a winter of confinement in stalls and sheds. Every hearth fire in the community would be extinguished and a newly laid fire lit, from which all the others would be re-lit, thus sharing the blessing among all households.

Coincidentally, the old Andrews Sisters song "Apple Blossom Time" referred to a May Day wedding. With the trees in full bloom, the time for creating the apples to go into this season's cider has well and truly begun.

What better way to celebrate the return of summer and fruitfulness to the earth than with a glorious glass of West Croft Cider, while being warmed by the glow of your Beltane Fire? All the favourite varieties are available online from our shop, so it is easy to make sure you have enough to go round. If you are planning nuptial bliss, go ahead and jump over the fire while you are at it. Share the joy!

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09/04/2019: This little piggy is too busy to go to market

We have always enjoyed meeting the people at Brean Open Air Market each week through the last few summers.

Being a small organisation though, and with so many lovely customers to look after through our online sales, weekends are now mostly taken up with fetching, carrying, packing and paperwork.

This has meant that we haven't got enough bodies to attend Brean every week. We will still be there when possible, as the human touch is a very important part of the business to us, so keep an eye on our online calendar of events for the dates that we will be in attendance.

Meanwhile, don't forget that all your favourites from West Croft Cider Farm are available in our online shop.

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01/03/2019: It''s March! Let's Celebrate

March comes with reasons enough to celebrate. Starting today with St David's day, we only have just over a fortnight to wait for St Patrick's Day.

It is certainly a great time to be a Celt. Talking of things Celtic, March is also the Celtic Month of the Alder. "So what?" I hear some say. Well, according to some research material I was recently reading, the presence of alder hedges is highly beneficial to apple trees. Apparently, they contribute a healthy dose of nitrogen to the soil, which the trees need.

If, as a cider enthusiast, that isn't something to celebrate about the alder, well, I don't know what is.

So, overall, the suggestion for March is to lay in plentiful supplies of West Croft Cider from our online shop, put on your best green clothes, then go out and plant an alder hedge with a dragon. After that, you can celebrate the fruits of your labours with a glass or two of delicious farmhouse cider. It will soon be spring and if we're lucky, that may even be accomplished sitting outside in the sunshine.

Whatever you are celebrating, we wish you all the joy of it and hope that you are enjoying a refreshing glass while doing so.

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13/02/2019: Stocks of Single Variety Ciders are Running Low

The single variety ciders have proved highly popular this year. Sorry to say that the Morgan Sweet has all gone now. We have also sold out of the ever-popular mulled cider.

The good news is that there is still a limited quantity of Kingston Black available from our online shop. You'll need to be quick though, so if you fancy some of this delicious, slightly dry variety, get ordering.

Also the regular favourites, like Janet's Jungle Juice, and the Farmhouse varieties of dry, sweedium and sweet are still in good supply.

So, for a supply of liquid sunshine to help ward off the gloom of February chills, visit our online shop and stock up.

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08/01/2019: The Wassail Tree is Dead! Long LIve the Wassail Tree

The tree that has been wassailed in the annual West Croft Farm Wassail has died. It was a Morgan Sweet variety, that was planted by John Harris' grandfather in 1918. In that time it has provided countless apples that have gone to make our cider, and has received the good wishes of thousands of wassailers over the years. We are truly grateful to this tree.

For this year's Wassail and for the future, another tree from the same planting has been selected. This was the only Morgan Sweet in the orchard that didn't fruit this year, so we hope for a good response from all who join us for the Wassail to offer encouragement and good wishes for the 2019 season.

If you haven't got any tickets yet, the Wassail is only 11 days away, so get on the phone to John and make sure of yours. Numbers are strictly limited so get in now and look forward to a great night of cider, wassailing, cider, traditional entertainment like mummers' plays, cider, belly dancing, food, cider and a little more cider for good measure.

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There is now a limited amount of Kingstone Black single variety cider that will be available at the Wassail and through our online shop.

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19/12/2018: Ladies and Gentlemen, your last orders please!

There is just one more courier collection from the farm before Christmas. That will be on Friday morning, the 21st, so if you are thinking about some delicious West Croft cider for your festivities, the time has come to stop thinking and act!

There is still a limited quantity of Morgan Sweet single variety cider in stock, likewise mulled cider. The regular favourites of Dry, Janet's Jungle Juice, Sweedium and Sweet are there aplenty in 5, 10 and 20 litre bag in box packs.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

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10/12/2018: Winter at West Croft

When the Winter Soltice approaches there are a few things that you can be sure of down here on West Croft Cider Farm. Firstly, that pressing of apples is nearly done for the year. Right now, the last of the Kingston Blacks are falling and then that will be the apple harvest complete.

There are still some supplies of the single variety Morgan Sweet up for grabs, but the last barrel has now been broached, so if you fancy some of this delicious cider, then early ordering is advisable. With the festive season rapidly approaching, it is also a good idea to place orders to make sure of a supply of West Croft Cider over Christmas. Last orders from our online shop is December 18th, for shipping on the 19th. Your delivery should arrive by the 20th, so will settle nicely for Christmas.

The chill in the air also tells us that the eagerly awaited annual Wassail at West Croft Farm is near. There are limited numbers of revellers each year, treated to a great night of music, traditional entertainments, cider and belly dancin. Wassail tickets are ring and reserve, call 01278 760762 to make sure of yours.

While we are in party mode, there is still West Croft Mulled Cider available in the online shop. Be quick before supply of this seasonal treat dried up for the year.

Wishing you all a fabulously healthy, happy and cider fuelled Yule. The wheel turns and we look forward to filling the Wassail cup for all our friends.

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01/12/2018: Glastonbury Frost Fair 2018

Despite the best efforts of the weather to dampen spirits at the Glastonbury Frost Fair this year, a splendid time was still had by all. The hoped for frost was replaced by nasty penetrating drizzle for most of the day, but were we downhearted? No! We were not.

Among the weapons in our arsenal used to fight back against the conditions were an indomitable British spirit (of course), helped by brandy coffees, delicious hot chocolate and West Croft mulled cider, which was proclaimed as the best available by no less a person than the Town Crier himself.

There was music and dance to fend off the cold with a wide variety of styles being played live throughout the town. It was great to see so many hardy souls braving the conditions to start their Christmas spirit off in enthusiastic fashion. Friends, both old and new visited us for cider and conversation, so the day passed quickly as always. With products from the Branching Out range, including clocks, furniture, mirrors and fridge magnets getting a lot of attention, we can't wait to do it all again next year.

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08/11/2018: The Journey of Morgan Sweet

Here are some images of the progress of our Morgan Sweet apples from fallen fruit to finished cider. This is the only single variety cider that we produce here at West Croft Farm. It has a light, delicate, slightly sweet flavour and is only available in limited quantities through our online shop.

The pictures so far show the fruit as collected from our own orchards, then being traditionally pressed through mats, and then the fermentation taking place in oak sherry and whisky casks. More will be added as they are taken, so look back to follow the journey of Morgan Sweet from orchard to glass.

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03/10/2018: Brean Open Air Market

The season at Brean open air market is coming to an end. November the 4th will be our last opportunity to meet cider enthusiasts there and supply them with Janet's Jungle Juice and the full range of West Croft Traditional Farmhouse ciders.

All is not lost though, you can still buy all these hand-crafted products online. Even better news is that the dark days of winter can be brightened with West Croft Mulled cider, available in 5 litre (approximately 8.7 pints) containers. Based on Janet's Jungle Juice, the mulled cider contains honey, our own secret blend of spices and a generous jolt of gin.

The new season at Brean open air market starts the weekend before Easter next year, so we will look forward to welcoming customers new and old, sending them on their merry way with fresh supplies of Janet's Jungle Juice as well as the Farmhouse Dry, Sweet and Sweedium farmhouse ciders.

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18/09/2018: West Croft Mulled Cider, Perfect for Christmas

West Croft Cider's annual batch of mulled cider will be ready to ship in early December. Production is very limited, so sales will be on a first-come, first served basis.

Originally produced purely for the Wassail ceremony held at the farm each year, it is based on Janet's Jungle Juice, with our own top-secret blend of spices and a generous jolt of gin. All you need for a warming winter cup is a flagon of West Croft mulled cider, a large pan, lots of friends and a source of heat.

Delivered to your door in 5 litre multiples, this product is sure to sell out fast, so click the more information link below to send us an email and we will let you know as soon as the batch is ready to ship.

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