In Autumn 1985, I was introduced by John Stewart, a neighbour and early eco-warrior, to the art of cider making using locally harvested cider apples creating my very first batch of cider. Opening the barrel for the first taste in early Spring was an eagerly anticipated magical experience. The cider apple was transformed into a delicious and moreish drink.
Year after year I continued this tradition, perfecting the process until 10 years ago I plucked up the courage to take my cider to Stratford Farmers market. The feeling of pride when people handed over their hard earned cash for a cider I had made was amazing. Made all the better when those same people returned time and again for more!