Orchard welcomes competition winners

Left to right, the Southern Co-operative's Hampshire Food 'Festival competition winner Karen Boe Anderson; Hill Farm Juice owner, Wil l'Dobson; and Chef/Proprietor of The Bakers Arms in Droxford, Adam Cordery
Left to right, the Southern Co-operative's Hampshire Food 'Festival competition winner Karen Boe Anderson; Hill Farm Juice owner, Wil l'Dobson; and Chef/Proprietor of The Bakers Arms in Droxford, Adam Cordery
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TWO competition winners got to experience apple juicing and bottling as part of a festival to celebrate the best of local food and drink.

Karen Boe Anderson, from Waltham Chase, and her husband Dave, spent the day at Hill Farm Orchard in Droxford picking and pressing the last of the season’s bramley apples, then bottling the juice.

The prize, which The Southern Co-operative organised as part of July’s Hampshire Food Festival, included lunch at the Bakers Arms in Droxford and £50 vouchers from The Southern Co-operative to spend on its Local Flavours range of Hampshire produce.

Karen said: ‘I love Hill Farm apple juices so it was interesting to see the process of making it.

‘We sampled several of the juices, including the bramley that was being pressed during our visit, and some cider, which is far too drinkable!

‘We took a walking tour of the orchard in the warm afternoon sunshine – it was glorious.’

Last year, Hill Farm Juice pressed 190,000 litres of apple and pear juice and produced 65,000 large bottles of juice.

Owner Will Dobson said: ‘I’m so pleased that Karen and Dave enjoyed their day here.’

Kate Hibbert, from The Southern Co-operative, said: ‘Our relationship with suppliers like Hill Farm Juice is key to the growth of the local food economy, working together to make local food and drink widely available to as many customers as possible.’