News file photo Area apple growers are welcome to get juiced when the Coombs Farmer’s Institute brings a travelling apple press to the community on Oct. 13.

Coombs Apple Pressing Day celebrates local food

Annual event will feature the Pressing Matter Mobile Juicer

To increase awareness and education about local food and agriculture, the Coombs Farmers’ Institute is hosting the second annual Apple Pressing Day on Oct. 13 at the Coombs Fair Grounds.

There is no charge to attend this event.

Denman Island Heritage Apples will have more than 80 varieties of apples on display and available for taste testing, as well as heritage apple trees for sale. The event will also feature live apple pressing, children’s activities, and food and entertainment.

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Anyone with an abundance of apples or pears in their backyard is encouraged to drop them off to be pressed into fresh juice by Pressing Matter Mobile Juicer. Apple pressing is first come, first served and all apples must be dropped off no later than noon.

There is a 100 pound minimum of apples required per pressing. The cost for pressing is $8.50 per five litre ‘bag in a box’ pasteurized juice or $1 per litre of raw juice if you bring your own five-gallon food grade bucket.

For those who want to make their raw apple juice into cider, The Winery in Coombs will be on site.

They make wine, cider, port and even sparkling non-alcoholic juice out of any kind of fruit.

— Submitted by Coombs Farmers’ Institute

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