Saturday, 22 August 2009

Sunnyfields farmers market


I went to Sunnyfields farmers market today for the first time. It was a quiet day as there were a lot of events on today, including the Bournemouth air show. I only sold 2 crates of apples and 5 kg of Damson plums, but not too bad for a first visit on a quiet day, and a few people expressed interest in the apples and I directed them to this blog and the web site.

I expect to be at Sunnyfields ( most Saturdays from now to Christmas or until we run out of fruit this season whichever comes first.

Next Saturday I expect to have the last of this years Laxton's Epicure, some sweet yellow plums (unknown variety, believed to be Warwickshire Drooper) Ellisons Orange, Saint Edmund's Russet soime Bramleys and possibly a few other things, may even have a few hazel nuts form the orchard hedgerows. I will try to remember to bring a box or 2 of marked apples to offer half price for juicing. I may bring some unpasteurised apple juice if I can find time to pres some on Friday afternoon.

We also expect to be at Winchester farmers Market on the Sunday

web site for more details of varieties etc.

Monday, 10 August 2009

markets for 2009 apple season

briefly, our farmer's markets are as follows. I will try to post a few days before each market to say what apple varieties we expect to have- as our friends know, we bring along whatever is in season which varies from week to week.

Winchester Sundays 30thAugust, 13th and 27th September, 25th October, 8th and 29th November, 13th December

we are also hoping to be at the Winchester cathedral celebration on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October

Bishop's Waltham on 6th September, 1st November.

Fareham Saturday farmer's markets (details later)

our Apple Day ceebration is at Durley Memorial Hall on Saturday 17th October. Any friends who have local crafts or produce, let us know and we can probably let you have a stall.

more dates later

Sunday, 9 August 2009

New apple season begins

Hi everyone

just created this blog to keep up to date with all our customers. I hope to add to it with frequent, short entries through the apple season. For further details about us please check the Fruitwise website at, for some irritating reason I haven't been able to update this web site recently, this blog is more suitable for a running diary. Please note that the blog I mention on the Fruitwise site that I had stopped wasn't this one, this has just started and I hope will run. I will shortly put up our market dates for the rest of the season.

Comment is free for now, please keep it fruit related and polite. I'll see how it settles down, I don't mind differences of opinion but for my own sake as well as the gentle and decent people who buy our apples, I won't host abuse. I will try to answer specific questions about Fruitwise Heritage Apples, details of markets etc, but any enquiries about growing apples etc would be best directed to the website or alternatively take a look at my youtube videos, search youtube under fruitwise. I have addressed a lot of apple FAQs there especially pruning and grafting, and I am posting a series of videos about individual apple varieties.

We are just back from our first Winchester farmer's market of the 2009 season, a nice sunny day and lots of old friends who were glad to see us. We sold out of Greengage and Victoria plums all too quickly, a light crop this year. We also had damsons and some hazelnuts picked from the hedgerows in the orchard, plus a few rare apples, Irish Peach and Baker's Delicious. All gone for this year, we only have a couple of trees of each. Our main apple today, and for the next 2 weeks, is Laxton's Epicure. We also had a few Reverend Wilkes, an old cooker, and James Grieve, a dual purpose apple which eats well when tree ripened later in the season, but which is excellent right now for cooking, and with so many blackberries on the hedgerows, very good for this purpose. Bramleys will not be ripe until late September.

all the best, Stephen and Julia