The event’s name is partially owed to the fact that the day marked the return of apples to the public market, from which they had been missing for 16 years.
The proceedings have certainly proven the benefit of local celebration, along with the appreciation for apples people have, and Apple Day deserves the top spot among the UK’s autumn holidays. It is organized by Common Ground, as well as the Women’s Institute, National Trust properties, Wildlife Trusts, and many other local restaurants, clubs, societies, and educational institutes.
Nowadays, Apple day stands to remind the public of the importance of orchards, fields, and nature to humanity. It has contributed to the development of farmers’ markets and encouraged people to look for more naturally sourced food. The healthcare industry, as well as the Cancer Research Campaign, look to the occasion as a way to nudge people into a healthier nutrition regime.
Naturally, there is a cornucopia of different sorts of the chosen fruit to sample on the spot, but festival goers may be pressed for time – aside from the tastings, one could see juicing, baking, grafting, and other entertainment fitting the theme of the day, for example reading poems about apples, or apple-dedicated songs.
So why not celebrate this great day, by making your favourite apple recipe (mine has GOT to be apple pie with a gruyere cheese crust!), or go for a walk and spot the wild apple trees in your area – you might even find some ‘free’ apples along the way! Look out for the wildlife feeding on these delicious morsels. The birds love them.