Sunday, 13 June 2021

Apple Day proves a hit with visitors

MORE than 2,000 people attended the 27th annual Apple Day at Cross Lanes Fruit Farm in Mapledurham on Sunday.

Visitors enjoyed guided walks of the orchards and could taste around 25 varieties of apples and pears as well as four fruit juices which they saw being made.

There were children’s games, including one in which they had to try to bite an apple on a string without using their hands and another to see who could create the longest piece of peel.

Stalls sold apple pies, cakes, muffins and jams and jellies as well as local cider and visitors learned about the art of besom making from woodsman Mark Cottrell and about the importance of bees to fruit crops from local beekeepers. Other attractions included face-painting and music from Colm and Friends.

There was also a charity conkers competition run by Goring, Woodcote and District Lions Club.

Gill Franklin, who owns the farm with husband Dennis, said: “We had absolutely loads of people wandering around. The juice stall had a queue all day because fresh tastes totally different to shop-bought juice.”

The farm grows more than 50 varieties of traditional English apples and Mrs Franklin said: “We want people to see what goes on here and what goes into producing this fantastic fruit.

“We hope it encourages people to come along and realise what is here on their doorstep.”

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