Producer of the week: Chegworth Valley

26th March 2015

Chegworth Valley, owned and run by two generations of the Deme family, is famous for its award­-winning organic apple and pear juices. As well as a range of farm-­pressed drinks, they supply a wealth of organic fruit and vegetables – from trusty spuds to organic ginger and even the odd bod of the ​brassica ​family, the funny looking but deliciously versatile purple kohlrabi.

The 100 acre Kent farm has been producing traditional English apple breeds for over 30 years, and there’s nothing the Demes love more than wandering around the orchards in the warm summer months, picking and eating apples straight from the trees. Their organic production methods, with no harmful chemicals, mean that it is perfectly safe to do so.

When it comes to harvest time, the fruit is picked by hand and pressed on­site within hours to ensure maximum freshness. The juice is then bottled on the farm after gentle pasteurisation to prevent browning. Chegworth Valley’s huge range of fruit allows them to produce a plethora of juice combinations, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy sipping the Egremont Russet just as much as the Discovery. And one thing’s for sure – never again will you request anything so vague as ‘apple juice’!

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