Sadly our apples weren’t good this year. Trees that haven’t been pruned in years plus a dry summer didn’t help, but it didn’t stop us enjoying a day pressing apples with our neighbours, Solonge and Patou. We drove to L'association Doré de Gâtine in Secondigny where we meet other members of their family. The company has been in business for over 30 years and helps over 600 families a year press apples from their gardens. After popping on wellies and an apron, around 1000 kilos of apples went into production with everyone helping out. They were sorted, washed, sent through a chopper, loaded into the press and bottles were lined up for filling and capping. 500 litres of cloudy apple juice came out the other end, all sterilized with not an additive in sight. Delicious.