Over two hundred people were treated to a refreshing taste of local apple juice on Saturday 1st October, when we set up stall outside Argos on the Kilburn High Road to make juice from locally-picked fruit.  As temperatures soared on an unusually hot autumn day, shoppers and children helped press the fruit, get a taste and join in the fun.

 

We joined up with newly-formed Transition Willesden to make juice, using fruit we had picked from gardens in Kilburn and Willesden, taking our traditional apple press out to a high street for the first time – a move that proved a great success!

 

Co-ordinator of the Local Fruit Harvesters project Michael Stuart said, “We were really excited to spread the word about local fruit right in the heart of the Kilburn High Road. People were amazed the juice tasted so good."

 

Co-ordinator of Transition Willesden, Viv Stein, said, "It was fantastic to offer cool local freshly-pressed apple juice, from fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste, to curious passers by on one of the hottest days of the year!"

 

This year we’ve have picked over a ton of fruit – apples, pears, plums and figs.  We’ve donated our produce to a growing list of charities and local groups including St Mungo's Homeless Projects, MIND in Kilburn, Queens Park Community School , Kids Company, and the Brent Centre for Young People.  Last year we helped inspire a new group from the Mapesbury Residents’ Association, who have also now harvested a ton of produce this season.

 

See pictures of our stall at here,  and local press here and  here.  For more pictures of recent harvests see Jonathan Goldberg's website.

To get involved contact Michael Stuart Michael.Stuart6@googlemail.com

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