Exchange your apples for cider at Thistly Cross

Peter Stuart, head cidermaker at Thistly Cross, is appealing to the public for their apples.
Peter Stuart, head cidermaker at Thistly Cross, is appealing to the public for their apples.

Thistly Cross Cider needs you! That’s the message being sent out to the public by the Dunbar cider producer.

Thistly Cross is offering free cider or apple juice to all those who donate any spare apples they may have, welcoming donations from large orchards as well as apples grown in residential gardens.

Peter Stuart, Head Cidermaker at Thistly Cross said: “As an award-winning, real fruit cider producer, the apple season is the most important time of year at Thistly Cross. Apples donations are already making their way to the farm and, as a proudly Scottish brand, Thistly is inviting the public to donate their spare fruit and, in return, we’ll give them cider or apple juice.

“One of the things that make Thistly Cross Cider so unique is its blend of Scottish heritage apples, hand-pressed on our farm. We have a tradition of using apples grown across Scotland from a wide range of sources.”

Thistly Cross was established in 2008 as a collaboration between farmer, Ian Rennie, and artist-turned-cidermaker, Peter Stuart. The traditional cider producer now serves up its variety of ciders across the UK as well as in a number of countries throughout Europe and as far away as Australia and the US.

Peter added: “Our popularity is increasing, but Thistly can’t make all the cider it wants to without the help of the public! Every year, we accept fruit ranging from a bucketful to a truckload. And to say ‘thank you’ we’ll give everyone who donates apples their choice of cider or apple juice. Essentially, we operate a ‘bucket for a bottle’ system.

Think your apples might fit the bill? Then donations of apples in exchange for cider or apple juice can be delivered directly to Belhaven Fruit Farm.