Hi! I'm Debbie Hearn, local food writer and founder of the Big Little Fruit Campaign, a national initiative to highlight heritage culinary fruits.
Last summer, the campaign was launched - with the help of the Newbury Weekly News and Radio Berkshire – to track down forgotten fruits such as the myrobalan and bullace in local hedgerows.
We succeeded! Only a few weeks on we'd found both of these ancient fruits, not only in Berkshire, but also in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire: the first fruits for Big Little Fruit!
This year, the campaign has Gone Large, with great support from the national media – and with tens of emails from members of the public who want to support the campaign's work.
You might also want to big-up Big Little Fruit – a visit to www.biglittlefruit.co.uk will supply several reasons why you should. And if you feel so inspired, do head for Newbury town centre on Saturday 23 September, when...
NEWBURY GOES PEAR-SHAPED!
This will be a town-centre celebration of our local pear, the Williams Bon Chrêtien, which was raised in Aldermaston in 1770. While Williams is grown commercially in both the northern and southern hemispheres, not many Berkshire folk realise that its OURS!
Newbury Goes Pear-Shaped wants to put that right. Around twenty shops and restaurants are involved - you'll know them by their decorations and fruit-themed foods and other merchandise.
Be sure to visit the Town Hall, where you can taste interesting fruits, and match locally-grown pears with other local food products, courtesy of Thames Valley Farmers' Markets.
Children will receive a free Williams pear, thanks to Cross Lanes Fruit Farm and the Waitrose-owned Leckford Farm in Hampshire. Waitrose are major sponsors of the day and Newbury Town Council are its kind hosts.
And if you feel you want to get even fruitier, you'll have the chance to help start a local fruit group.
Above all, GET YOURSELF TO NEWBURY NEXT SATURDAY AND HAVE A DELICIOUSLY PEAR-SHAPED DAY!
See you there!
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