CIDER makers across Herefordshire have been working to adapt their businesses to survive and make room for this year's crop.

This time of year sees the new product from last year’s harvest becoming ready to drink, and there’s no stopping it, while this year’s blossom is the start of next year’s cider – but first there is a need to sell last year’s stock.

Many craft makers depend on local events and tourism and hospitality businesses to sell their cider, perry and apple juice, and so they are taking a big hit from lockdown.

For the past thirty years, the Big Apple has been organising community events to support their local orchards and apple, cider and perry producers.

Putley Parish Hall should be heaving with visitors buying cider, perry and apple juice this coming weekend, celebrating what should have been the Big Apple’s thirtieth year of running Blossomtime in Putley, but of course that won’t be happening this year.

This annual opportunity to enjoy the orchards full of apple blossom and to taste many different local ciders, perries and apple juices has become an established part of the calendar in this corner of Herefordshire.

The nine producers who had arranged to be there are working hard to find extra ways to make their drinks available within the licensing laws – whether that is through online orders, local deliveries, click and collect, farm shops and village stores.

The Big Apple is supporting them through a special information area on their website.

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Many regular Big Apple venues are to be found there, including Once Upon a Tree, Gregg’s Pit and Woodredding Farm, Pope’s Perry, Yew Tree Farm and Jus Apple Juice, as well as two special guests who each won awards at last year’s Big Apple Cider and Perry Trials: Bartestree Cider, last year’s Champion Perrymaker, and Halfpenny Green Cider, winner of the bottle fermented/conditioned cider.