Community members from Coombs and beyond are invited to come down to the Coombs Farmers Institute’s annual apple pressing event. (CFI photo)

Community members from Coombs and beyond are invited to come down to the Coombs Farmers Institute’s annual apple pressing event. (CFI photo)

Get juiced up at annual apple pressing event Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at Coombs Fairgrounds

Early-bird pressing will take place on Sept. 19

The Coombs Farmers’ Institute is holding its 5th Annual Apple Pressing Day at the Coombs Fairgrounds.

The early-bird pressing will take place on Sept. 19 with the regular pressing to be held on Oct. 2-3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone with an abundance of apples or pears in their backyard is encouraged to drop them off to be pressed into fresh juice, raw or pasteurized using a Pressing Matter Mobile Juicer.

There is a 150-pound minimum of apples per person. They must be dropped no later than noon. Bruised, imperfect fruit and mixed varieties are OK, according to the CFI.

The cost for pressing is $9.50 per five-litre ‘bag in a box’ of pasteurized juice. There is reduced rates for more than 50 boxes. It’s $1.25 per litre of raw juice.

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Participants are required to bring their own large, food-safe containers.

For large amounts, you can contact the CFI at coombsfarmers@gmail.com or call Janet Thony at 250-738-0888.

Meanwhile, the CFI’s Oceanside Gleaners are still helping the community remove all unwanted fruits from trees. They are offering the services until the end of October.

For those interested in the program, contact the Coombs Farmers Institute via email at coombsfarmers@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.

— NEWS Staff

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