It could certainly happen again....if enough people were keen enough to put in the time to make it work.
There are generally two areas that can cause a problem:
- picking up the apples, and picking up and returning the press, generally mean that two or three people have to volunteer to take a morning/afternoon off work
- the cost of press hire (even though the fantastic Mr Burns at Cheam always does a good deal for us), and van hire (to pick up apples) are fixed costs, which mean that unless we get a critical mass of people committing to take x gallons of juice then the cost per gallon can end up quite high.
I'd love it if we did it again this year. And I'd be able to provide some of the manpower and time commitment that we'd need. But it would depend on being able to get enough others to commit to do likewise.
I'm with Ivanhoe on this. The first year or two there were lots of us, and it was fun, and the price was cheap, and the workload was not too onerous.
Last year, there was a lot less interest, and now that I've moved out of SE1, I'm less inclined if there's only going to be a few of us.
I do still want to make cider, but I have a garden now, so it'll probably be something I can do at home, rather than organising a big thing with Surrey Docks Farm.
I would imagine that Surrey Docks City Farm are having an apple day like usual, they allways need volunteers to help out.