Borough Market is celebrating the best of British harvest time this October half-term as Londoners are invited to take part in an ‘Apple Amnesty’.
People will be encouraged to bring fruit from their gardens, allotments and school yards, as well as any sitting in fridges and fruit bowls that might otherwise go to waste, for a Borough Market-led community cider and apple juice initiative.
Borough Market will be celebrating the UK’s rich harvest heritage on October 24-26 from 11am – 4pm in the glass fronted Market Hall.
Displays will highlight the enormous number of different varieties of apple, squash and other harvest produce available, as well as showing visitors the joy of ‘growing your own’ and providing plenty of Autumnal family friendly entertainment.
As part of Borough Market’s drive to reduce food waste, there will also be live daily cookery demonstrations, showing how to cook up delicious dishes from the season’s haul of fruit and vegetables, including top tips on what to do with surplus.
During the harvest celebrations, visitors will be able to watch apples being turned into juice and hear how this will then be made into cider from Borough Market trader, The Cider House.
Anyone who brings 1lb of apples in for the community pot will receive a ‘pound for a pound’ token, entitling them to money off when the cider and juice are on sale early next year.
There will be a wide range of activities throughout the celebration for the whole family, including demo kitchens from 1pm-2.30pm each day with Borough Market regular chefs.
For children on half-term break there will be a story orchard and demonstrations from fruit and vegetable trader Turnips on pumpkin carving – just in time for Halloween.
On the Friday, Borough Market’s Young Marketeers will be selling their school-grown harvest produce for food waste charity FareShare.
Borough Market managing director Darren Henaghan said: “Borough Market is a place where you can really feel the change of seasons, and the arrival on the stalls of the autumn harvest is such an exciting time of year.
“Our harvest celebration will give the community the chance to gather together to mark this moment, as they have done throughout the centuries.”