Meet Becci of Ostlers Cider Mill
My father started Ostlers Cider Mill back in the 80’s. Without family there would be no Ostlers. My father started it and now both my children work for me. He started it as a cider farm, as he had a local off-licence that sold a lot of scrumpy cider. As with many scrumpy producers, a little air gets into the tanks and they have the odd one that turns to vinegar.
My father was disabled, so he was told that cider vinegar was a good thing, way before the big increase in cider vinegars for health. Our biggest challenge has been lower quality cider vinegar with the mother ending up on every supermarket’s shop shelf and Amazon taking over online sales. I’ve won a Gold award at Taste of The West for nine years in a row, so you know our cider vinegar is really good!
To make our apple cider vinegar, we first crush the apples, let them ferment, then we let the air get to them and let them mature for around three years. We use nothing but old varieties of cider apples which we crush down and allow to mature. I do believe there is a very positive food movement in this country, where people care about the food. I believe we need to lead by example and every day try to make changes for the better.
We work alongside nature and we love life here at Ostlers Cider Mill! We try to produce as much food here onsite to feed the volunteers or buy from neighbouring farms where possible. I am off grid and where my woods have suffered from Ash die back, we are replanting and enlarging our woods so we can supply a constant supply of wood for the burners. We are increasing our solar and the aim is to leave this little part of the world in a better place than we found it, by planting orchards and trees and then managing them in an organic way.
Where is your happy place?
In the middle of nowhere on the back of one of my horses!
2 truths and a lie about yourself and/or your business?
My vinegar is for sale in Bangladesh.
I have received awards at The Houses of Parliament through Ostlers.
When I turned up to help my father run Ostlers, we were the best of friends and saw eye to eye on everything.
What’s the strangest dish someone has used your products for? Have you tried it?
I did find it strange when chefs used my vinegar in puddings. I have tried them, and it does help to make the best compote ever!