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Virtual Orchard is a proud supporter of the MK Food Bank

Virtual Orchard supports the MK Food BankVirtual Orchard supports the MK Food Bank

The MK Food Bank's aim is that no child or adult goes to bed hungry in Milton Keynes! Click here for more information and other ways you can help.



Virtual Orchard ApplesVirtual Orchard Apples

Our Hard Core cider is very special in that all of the apples that go into making it are harvested from the private gardens and orchards in and around Milton Keynes and the surrounding villages. This gives the cider a unique character all of its own, and makes it a true community cider.

So how does it work?

Well, anybody who has spare apples that might otherwise go to waste can bring them along to our cidery in Old Wolverton and simply leave them in one of the apple bins positioned just beside the doors. If we are there then we will give you either cider or apple juice in exchange for your apples. You can also choose to donate a bottle of apple juice to the MK Food Bank instead, and for every bottle you donate, we'll match it. Simple, and everyone is a winner. 

What should I put the apples in?

The simple answer is anything, but we do provide green net sacks at our cidery (usually by the apple bin) which you are welcome to take away what you need to fill with apples.

Will any apples do?

Any variety of apples are suitable including cooking apples, Windfalls are fine however they need to be in reasonable condition. The general guidance is:

  • No rotten apples
  • No mouldy apples
  • No stalks or twiggy bits
  • Not too many leaves or mud
  • Less than 20% bruising
  • Scabbed or cankered apples are fine so long as they otherwise meet the above criteria

Free Net SacksFree Net Sacks

How much cider or juice do I get?

For every one of our green net sacks full of apples (around 20-25Kg) you can choose either a bottle of cider or bottle of juice. If you happen to bring lots of sacks then we may offer you cider in a larger 2/4 pint container. Don't forget, you could choose to donate a bottle of juice to the MK Food Bank instead.

What if you're not there when we bring the apples?

Not to worry. Just leave the apples and send us a text or email with your name and how many net sacks (or equivalent) you have left. Then, next time you are passing, please call in to collect your bottles. It is difficult to say exactly when we will be there as, like you, we will often be out picking our own apples, but of course you can always contact us beforehand to find out when we are around.

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