Tuesday, 22 February 2011

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARDS (column)

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARDS

By Jason Ross

What a great time of year this is with such an abundance of fruit around. We
are now well into apple season, we have been eating from our home gardens
this great range of apple varieties: Discovery, Worcester Pearmain, Irish
Peach, Akane and Epicure which everyone is rating very highly, and deserving
of such an inflated name!

Thanks to the generosity of those who donated to the February WOO Harvest
Market stall, this was another great success. This money will buy us trees
for this winters plantings around Waitati streets.

At the March harvest market we will have the stall again, donations of goods
can be dropped at the Village Potager or brought on the day. The traditional
juice press will also be back in action. Come along and join in the fun of
pressing or try the delicious nectar like juice that this press produces.
The photo is from last autumns pressing, kids just loved grinding the
apples in our modified Insinkerator!

On the Sunday the weekend before this we will be harvesting fruit to juice.
This is a lot of fun and gives a great sense of seasonal abundance as we
pick buckets of fruit from some very productive local trees.

Do you have excess apples or pears that are of juice quality (they
don't need to be
flash) that you would donate to the WOO fundraising stall? Give us a call
and we can do the picking, or bring them along on the day. We will have the
press again in April for the later ripening apples and pears.

APPLE DAY – HAMPDEN – The afternoon of April 10

Bookmark this date for a great day out to celebrate the apple in all of its
diversity and abundance. Juice pressing, cider, extensive variety displays.
More detail to come in April newsletter.

Waitati Open Orchards is a group of keen folk on a mission to plant fruit
trees in public spaces around Waitati for all to enjoy. Email
waitatiopenorchard@gmail.com to join our mailing list.


- Jason Ross: 4822625

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