You may not know this about me, but one of my dearest desires in life is to have my very own orchard. I want to grow heritage apple trees and spend autumn afternoons crunching through crisp leaves on my own land. So today I took the first step. I did not buy land (not made of money, you know), nor did I buy an apple tree. No. I went to the Clyde Valley Orchards’ Fruit Day and talked to people about apples.
Well, it was. There were stalls and stalls of people selling their own goods, farmers’ market style, and also informative areas about types of apples, etc. There were also many different baked goods which I avoided because they weren’t going to be better than anything I could make at home. So.
It was really interesting and fun. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. I got some great information about which breeds grow best where and how to tend the trees to make them grow healthy and strong. All of this information and I don’t have any land to grow anything on! And before you say I have a nice back garden let me remind you that I live in a swamp where we can’t even keep our flowers alive!
I did my best not to spend any money and I nearly succeeded. All I bought was a teeny tiny jar of jam. It was a gorgeous stall and I was drawn in immediately. There were so many bizarre but delicious varieties that I had trouble choosing. The seller lectured me on one particular variety of berry which is a hybrid and complained at length about how the Americans were claiming credit for creating this specific hybrid and how it’s typical for “those Americans” to take credit for everything before she realised I’m American. It was beyond saving, though, so she just apologised emphatically and we had a good laugh about it in the end.
There was also a group of folks pressing apples to make hard cider with, which was interesting to watch. I kept thinking they couldn’t possibly press them any further and it kept on going and going. There is a LOT of juice in an apple! I think they had a deal where if you brought your own apples they would press them for you, which is pretty darn cool. I didn’t have any apples with me, though, because I don’t have any apples full stop.
There are a few more of these events coming up in the next couple of weeks and I am looking forward to going to as many as possible. I am in search of an orchard where I can pick my own, to tide me over until I have an orchard of my own.
If you happen to know anyone in our area who is giving away large tracts of arable land please let me know. 🙂