Every year we make apple juice from the apple crop at our farm in Creston, BC. It is one of the highlights of the season, celebrating the end of a laborious summer/fall of picking cherries and apples. Not that the juicing process is relatively easy, but it yields some of the best tasting apple juice that we've had on our tastebuds. [caption id="attachment_5668" align="aligncenter" width="680"]<a href="/media/original_images/IMG_1303.jpg"><img class="wp-image-5668" src="/media/original_images/IMG_1303.jpg" alt="Apple Washing and Conveyor" width="680" height="374" /></a> These Jonagold apples are washed on a conveyor and travel up to the apple press.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5669" align="aligncenter" width="681"]<a href="/media/original_images/IMG_1304.jpg"><img class="wp-image-5669" src="/media/original_images/IMG_1304.jpg" alt="Apple Mash" width="681" height="383" /></a> The apple mash comes out of the press and is collected in the back of our gator, which then goes and dumps it in the compost. Its a closed Loop System.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5667" align="aligncenter" width="680"]<a href="/media/original_images/IMG_1302.jpg"><img class="wp-image-5667" src="/media/original_images/IMG_1302.jpg" alt="The low-temp pasteurizer" width="680" height="374" /></a> The juice is fed into this low-temperature pasteurizer that removes any contaminants or pathogens, making the juice shelf-stable for up to 12 months.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5672" align="aligncenter" width="680"]<a href="http://blog.theorganicbox.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_1307.jpg"><img class="wp-image-5672 size-large" src="/media/original_images/IMG_1307-1024x768.jpg" alt="The Juicing Trailer" width="680" height="510" /></a> This is the whole juicing unit - its a mobile trailer that comes right to our farm and does the work right inside the orchard.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5670" align="aligncenter" width="680"]<a href="http://blog.theorganicbox.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_1305.jpg"><img class="wp-image-5670 size-large" src="/media/original_images/IMG_1305-1024x768.jpg" alt="Apple mash away" width="680" height="510" /></a> There goes the apple mash towards the compost area. That big truck in the background is what we use to bring our products to Edmonton each year. Its refrigerated to keep everything nice and fresh.[/caption] <a href="http://blog.theorganicbox.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_1306.jpg"> </a> The juice is cold-pressed, low-temp pasteurized, and unfiltered to retain the flavour and provide maximum nutrition along with a stable shelf life. This is not your average apple juice, but a beautifully refreshing (and cloudy - on account of being unfiltered) beverage with a sweetly tart profile from our famous Jonagold apples. We sell it in 5L boxes that can sit in your fridge and the whole family can enjoy. Just pull out the tab and pour yourself a glass! Not only is this juice pressed purely from our Jonagold apples, it also is<strong><em> just that</em></strong> and only that! No additives. No water. No fillers. No preservatives. Technically, because it has not even been filtered, what we have here is a <strong>soft apple cider</strong>. Which means more flavour, and higher nutritional content. Everything is done right on our farm, which is a great way for us to maintain high-quality standards on the apples that go into the juice, as well as lower our carbon footprint since we don't have to truck the apples anywhere to be processed. And one of the best parts - the pulp and mash that is left over from the juicing process is used in our on-farm compost system to provide fertilizer for next years' cherry crop. Now that's a closed loop system. [caption id="attachment_5697" align="aligncenter" width="680"]<a href="/media/original_images/JAM_applejuice_680x680.jpg"><img class="wp-image-5697 size-full" src="/media/original_images/JAM_applejuice_680x680.jpg" alt="The Box" width="680" height="680" /></a> Here is the finished product! A 5-litre box of cold-pressed soft apple cider ready for your family to enjoy.[/caption] We hope you will give our special <em><a href="https://membership.theorganicbox.ca/HDMI.aspx?Page=Market&HDMISearch0=Soft%20Apple Cider&HDMISearchProductNameOnly0=y">Soft Apple Cider</a> </em>a try this year - many many of our members look forward to its arrival each year and it is worth the wait! All the best, Danny