The Gleaning Network UK

On Monday 16th September I made an early start to travel to a gleaning in Sussex, Maynard’s Farm, 22 acres of mostly apples and plums. Volunteers ‘gleaned’ by hand 2,500kg of apples and plums! In July, volunteer gleaners went to a farm near Colchester; on that day we gleaned over 2,400 pounds by hand of cabbages!

So what is gleaning?

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Apple Weekend

Saturday 15 October: 10.00am – 2.00pm St. Laurence Orchard, Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6RH Andrew Tann’s apple display from Crapes Fruit Farm, Aldham, near Colchester, see Apple pressing, apple tasting and buying, apple tours, BBQ Apples for tasting are- Pearl – Essex -ripens Oct/Nov maybe Dec – medium yellow, heavily streaked bright scarlet, flesh yellow sweet, chewy crisp, slightly aromatic, flavour excellent Tun apple – Essex – med large, conical, red russet patches, flesh sweet, flavour rich,  good ripening Oct-Dec Suntan – Kent -ripening Dec-Feb – medium, flatroundedgold, flushed orange red, striped red, some russet -fles deep cream, sweet juicy,firm, aromatic, flavour rich, vg Apples for sale include: Arther Turner, quick use, bake, puree Blenheim Orange – Sept-Oct, eat, juice, cook Cox – for now, eat, juice, cider Kidds Orange Red Lobo – Sept-Nov, eater Michaelmas Red, for apple bobbing/toffee apples Orleans Reinette Ribston Pippin – ripens 0ct-Jan, eat, cook, juice, cider Suntan – for now, eat, juice, cider Pruning demonstration, apple stories, wildlife trail and scavenger hunt (Parking at new car park for St. Laurence Park on new road going west from Eastwoodbury Lane, left at roundabout)   Saturday 15 October: 5.00pm – 9.00pm St. Mark’s Centre, Princes Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1QA Educational films, locally grown vegetable soup, apple quiz Engagement and discussion, bring and share apple deserts and recipes Tickets need to be bought in advance.   Sunday 16 October: 10.00am – 12.00pm Manchester Drive Allotments, Manchester Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 3EZ (opposite Cricketfield Grove) Essex orchard and WEN allotment   Sunday 16 October: 2.00pm – 5.00pm Growing Together Community Gardens, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) Andrew Tann’s apple display from Crapes Fruit Farm, apple pressing, apple related food, apple bobbing, toffee apples Cider making, apple tasting and buying, crafts and cards, apple stories Tea and coffee, , scavenger hunt, face painting   Apple Weekend is sponsored by NFU Mutual Chelmsford and organised by SE Essex Organic Gardeners, Milton Community Partnership, Southend in Transition, community mental health charity Trust Links and South East Essex Women’s  Environmental Network. For more information, please call 01702 213134 or visit or   … [Read more…]