Autumn is nearly upon us and the annual tradition of Black Butter making at The Elms is taking place from 7 – 9 October - later than last year’s rather unfamiliar event. That was organised during the pandemic in late September and, despite all the constraints and restrictions, still yielded over 260 jars of our wonderful apple conserve assisted entirely by our wonderful Black Butter ‘army’ of volunteers who peeled, stirred and jarred up.

Lé Nièr Beurre 2021

If you have not been involved in this local tradition and feel like getting involved this year, why not come along to The Elms? There are numerous jobs and it is a lovely way of getting together, having a chat with old and new friends and all of your efforts will raise money for the Trust.

Volunteers can peel apples, watch the mixture being stirred all through the night, get involved in jarring up and then enjoy homemade food and live music on market day when the Black Butter goes on sale. 

Apple Preserves Competition

Rathbones in Jersey is generously supporting this year’s event and their UK parent has been a major sponsor of the Dalemain Marmalade.

We thought that whilst the Trust doesn’t ‘do’ Marmalade, we can ‘do’ apples! 

So adding to the usual hive of activity in and around Lé Nièr Beurre, there will be an apples preserves competition to see who can make the best apple jams, jellies, and other apple based products. The competition will be open to all ages and will feature a Children’s competition…

The categories include 

Apple Jam

Apple Jelly

Apple Pie

Apple Cake

Best in Show

And best Children’s apple ‘shaped’ biscuits

For more information and to get involved please look out for regular updates or click the image right or link below for entry forms.

Programme

Thursday 7 October 2 – 5pm 

Embrace the community spirit and peel apples at The Elms amidst the wonderful and autumnal aroma of apples. Meet old and make new friends, listen to some traditional accordion music, enjoy tea, homemade cake and Jersey wonders whilst you work…peelers and gloves provided although you can bring your own…

Friday 8 October 10am until 10pm. 

Peeling commences again and the wood fire will be lit first thing in the Bakehouse.  Throughout the day, the peeled and cored apples will be cooked in a large bachîn over the fire and stirred continuously until Saturday morning. Come along to peel and stir and enjoy a community supper which takes place in the evening.

Parking is available at The Elms on Thursday and Friday.

Saturday 9 October 10am until 4pm. 

The apple mixture will be taken off the heat to cool and spices added including liquorice, mixed spice and cinnamon by mid-morning. Once cooled, the ‘black butter’ is ladled into jars by a team of volunteers, labelled and fabric tops added and then taken across the courtyard – often still warm - to be sold in the produce market.

Visitors can enjoy homemade sausages and cider, wood fired pizza and homemade cakes from various stalls.  Other artisan products will include chutneys and sauces, apple juice, honey and crafts. Children can enjoy apple ‘crafts’. The walled garden will also be open.

The highlight of the day will be the judging and giving out of awards in the Apple Preserves competition.

Parking is available at Granite Products on Saturday with a free shuttle to and from The Elms.

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