This is the 11th year that the Triangle Garden has held thier Apple Day in the Old Market Place in the centre of Hitchin. As well as our own stalls selling apples, apple juice and apple cakes, we had local apple expert Mike Clark from Tewin Orchard on hand to identify people's apples, brought on from their gardens. Our apples come from Cam Valley Orchard in Cambridgeshire - they grow a wide range of apples and pears of traditional varieties, with wonderful old names such as Peasgood Nonsuch, Princesse Russet, Blenheim Orange and Newton's Wonder, plus newer ones such as Rubinette and Jupiter.
Other stalls selling cheese, chutneys, local honey, veg boxes, cider and herbs, create a farmers' market atmosphere all centred around the humble and often overlooked apple. Children were encouraged to make apple-related artwork and have a go with a special peeling, slicing and coring gadget on display and for sale.
Despite a dreadful forecast the weather stayed bright and dry for most of the morning, bringing a smile to the faces of shoppers and stallholders alike. The event raised over £400 for the Triangle Garden.