We’re now deep into the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and Transition Loughborough is helping turn some of that fruit into locally sourced food! Yes, its apple pressing season again! Our popular apple press is pretty fully booked over the Autumn period now, and we’ve already run pressings in Sutton Bonington (twice!) and in Nanpantan. We’re supporting a number of community pressing events that you can bring your apples along to during October.
- Herrick Road residents pressing on the morning/early afternoon on Saturday 8th October
- Open Heaven church’s Harvest event on Sunday 9th October from 10am.
- Apple pressings on the University campus on 14th and 15th October as part of the Fruit Routes events.
- Woodhouse Eaves apple day on Sunday 23rd October at their Community Orchard.
As well as apple pressings and harvesting, we’re planning ahead for next year by gearing up for our third annual Potato Day which is to take place on 28th January 2017 in Loughborough town centre.
We’re waiting for confirmation of available varieties and pricing from our friends at Transition Chesterfield before we can start accepting Potato Day pre-orders. However we have already arranged a talk entitled ‘All About Potatoes’ to be given by Chesterfield’s Steve Sansom, which will take place at Fearon Hall on Saturday 22nd October from 10am to 11.30am.
Steve has experience of growing many varieties of potato in lots of locations. In the talk he will cover different potato varieties, grower recommendations, advice for new growers, growing in soil or containers, potato blight and other diseases, and slugs and other pests.
After his presentation there will be an opportunity for audience questions about potato growing issues, as well as the chance to sample different varieties of potato. There’s something for everyone in this talk, from hardened allotment growers to people contemplating growing a single plant on a balcony for the first time.
The Potato Talk is free to attend, although donations to help offset the costs will be appreciated. After the talk Fearon Hall will be hosting one their regular Utilise Social Kitchen lunches, and people are very welcome to stay in the hall and take part in that. The meals are made from perfectly good ingredients that retailers would otherwise dispose of and are served on a pay-what-you-feel basis. All are welcome to come along and join in.
We’re looking forward to seeing many of our members and supporters at these events over the next month!