1000 Liters of apple juice for the “tafel” in kulmbach

1000 liters of apple juice for the 'tafel' in kulmbach

Bright red apples hang from the trees on tim pistor’s property. A picture straight out of paradise. The 32-year-old has already harvested some trees with the help of many volunteers, but many trees are still overcrowded. Especially the later varieties let pistor stay on the tree as long as possible. Because that’s where they’re most likely to stay fresh and crisp.

"I’m experiencing a real apple glut this year. The drought couldn’t change that. Apparently my floor fits", says tim pistor and sighs a bit theatrically. While others complain that this year’s harvest was anything but abundant, pistor doesn’t know where to put all the apples anymore. He himself cannot possibly consume it. "I like to eat apples. But I don’t really drink fresh apple juice myself. It is simply too much what has grown this year."

Make the world a little better

Without further ado, pistor has joined the "transition kulmbacher land" movement CONNECTED. This is a movement that wants to make the world a little bit better. "Our motto is: now. Simply. Make", tim pistor explains the group’s goals. Together with friends like tim reich and kathrin hain, with neighbors, with family members and with members of the V 3 party, pistor harvested the trees. "It was not difficult to find harvesters. In total 15 people helped."

The idea behind the action is simple: the group wanted to harvest so many apples that 1000 liters of apple juice could be pressed from them. And this apple juice will then be donated to the kulmbach "tafel" be made available.

"It was not bad to help. On the contrary. I liked the idea of giving apple juice to the kulmbach food bank. I was happy to help – and besides, it was really quick to harvest the trees", says kathrin hain. Even tim reich didn’t take long. "I liked the idea. That’s where you can help."


To date, the young people have harvested 1150 kilos of apples. The apples were then read by hand. The apples were then transported in trailers to the winery in schwarzach. Thanks to the help of the sparkasse kulmbach-kronach the apples could be processed to juice. "The savings bank has taken over the costs for the bags", so pistor. 700 liters of fresh french apple juice are already ready. They are to go to the kulmbach "tafel" distributed. "But we have set ourselves the goal of donating 1000 liters. We still have to harvest a few more apples before we have the apple juice we need this year. But we can do that easily."

Further harvesting operations

For this reason, there will be further harvesting operations – and another press conference. "In total, we will probably process about 1.5 tons of apples", says the owner of the meadow orchard near buchau.

The "table, which gets the apple juice to the verfugung put, indes is before joy from the hausch. "We have never had an apple juice donation of this size before. It’s a great idea that this grouping has thought of us", says elfriede hohn, chairwoman of the panel.

In fact, their need is immense. Elfriede hohn and her team are always on the lookout for fresh fruit and vegetables. "But we can always make good use of non-perishable foodstuffs." In addition, the "tafel" needed urgent need for more helpers. "At the moment we have enough drivers, but we needed a few more hands to help with sorting and packing."

Example should set a precedent

Tim pistor, meanwhile, is a little proud that he managed to donate 1,000 liters of apple juice for a good cause. "I would like our example to set a precedent", says pistor. It is possible that other owners of meadow orchards will also be able to help with their "ubermab" on domestic apples or pears have been made available. "I think for the people who get their food from the food bank, it is also something special when they get fresh, local apple juice."

The apple juice, however, is only one idea of many. Even orchards that can be harvested by walkers are in the spirit of the worldwide, globally networked transition-town movement. By the way, such meadows are clearly marked with signs that explicitly allow the picking of apples.