Yesterday we had our very successful ‘Apple Day’ here at The Secret Garden Centre. Our celebration of all things Apple was very well attended and the feedback was really positive.
We had John McNamara of McNamara’s Nursery who with his wealth of experience was able to offer advice on the growing of apples. John also brought along apples from many of the varieties of the trees he supplies as well as the trees themselves.
To get you salivating here is a summary of the delights he brought with him,
Brown Crofton an eater with a sweet-sharp rich flavour, Scarlet Crofton an apple from the 1500s from Co Sligo, Kerry Pippin an eater with a sweet dense fruity taste. On the dessert front Blood of the Boyne and Ardcain Russett a Cork apple with fruit tasting like that of a banana.
And all for the bargain price of €12
John was incredibly popular as you can see by the queue waiting to speak to him and we are very grateful for him giving up his precious time particularly as his other passion is rose growing and thus is a very busy time of the year for him.
Also available was the delicious and refreshing apple juice from Ballyhoura Apple Farm. Located at Clashganniv outside the lovely village of Churchtown in North County Cork. People were clearly surprised to see the images of an orchard less than ten miles from the garden centre and more so with the lovely apples and juice which were on sale and were very popular.
Kirsty of Cup- Cake had been on a baking frenzy and had baked as many apple desserts and they were clearly being enjoyed with a coffee or tea in the new building. Apple sausages from award winning McCarthy’s butchers were enticing people with the gorgeous aroma of pork and apple.
All in all a great day even the hen joined in with the apple bobbing.