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theguardian - 27 days ago

‘Apples flying everywhere!’: a year in the life of a cider orchard

Sarah LaBrecque takes a look at the changing seasons on Myrtle Farm, home of Thatchers Cider, where upwards of 450 varieties of apple are grownSpring is a celebration. And this year it takes on a new significance. After a lockdown winter, those first rays of properly warm sunshine on your face are, simply put, therapy. Just on the horizon, another marvellously tantalising thought: a sunny terrace with a cool drink and a friend, even? Be still my beating heart.The changing seasons help us mark time, but for those who work with nature, seasons are everything. Chris Muntz-Torres is the orchard manager at Myrtle Farm – which is owned by the Thatcher family, of the eponymous cider brand – in Sandford, Somerset, and for him the time of year dictates the entire pace and flow of his work. Continue reading...


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