A taste of autumn

Apple Day  at Valley Organics Workers Coop shop in Market Street, Hebden Bridge. Picture: Mike Barrett
Apple Day at Valley Organics Workers Coop shop in Market Street, Hebden Bridge. Picture: Mike Barrett
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About 20 people turned up at Valley Organics Workers Coop shop in Market Street, Hebden Bridge, to celebrate national Apple Day on October 21.

More than 20 varieties – all grown in Britain - were available to try, and apple expert Mark Simmons was on hand to give advice on choosing, planting and growing apple trees.

The names of the apples read like an autumn poem: Worcester Pearmaine, Fiesta, Kidd’s Orange Pippin, Red Falstaff, Orleans Rainette, Lord Lamborne, Adam’s Pearmaine, Spartan, Blenheim, Mere de Menage, Fiesta, Red Pipin, Saturn, Santana, Russet, Gala, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Red Pippin, Bramley, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Jonagored and Ida Pippin – to name but a few!

Customers were also treated to a healthy glass of Oakwood organic apple juice.

Three ready-to-plant trees from Incredible Farm in Todmorden were raffled.

One of the winners, Sean Creagh from Eightspace (who create play spaces for schools) said he will plant his tree in a local school garden.

Niki Davies from Incredible Farm said: “I’m so glad local people are interested in growing apples - we have lots of varieties at the farm ready to plant.”

Mark Simmons commented: ‘It was wonderful to see such a variety of unusual apples in one shop.”

Lili Briggs, a member of the Valley Organics Coop said the event would return in future years: “We hope this will become an annual event featuring many more varieties from local suppliers,” she said.