Father and daughter team, Andrew and Rachel, are mixed farmers growing beef, apples and grains. They have a traditional cider apple orchard on the farm and the cattle eat the grass and apple pomace providing good healthy manure for the trees to grow – a nice virtuous circle.
Their cider is a medium dry marriage of East and West Country cider styles – a civilised farmhouse cider, pressed and fermented on the farm at Trenchmore. The orchard has over nineteen varieties of traditional cider apple trees – bittersweet, sharp and bittersharp apples, which were planted in 2011. These are blended with apples from the gardens of Sussex which are brought to their farm in the Autumn to be swapped for cider. Made once a year in the autumn means that every year the cider is slightly different, reflecting the Sussex terroir – its soils, the year’s weather and the amazing variety of apples their swappers bring in.
Silly Moo cider’s name came about as our cows go a little bit silly when they get the chance to devour the apple pomace left behind from pressing the juice – silly moos!