There Is Only One Thing I Like About Autumn..

@Janey1966 (24126)
Carlisle, England
September 24, 2010 4:40pm CST
..and that is..I can FINALLY get hold of apples that are actually grown in England! The rest of the year the aisles are full of apples from all over the world, it seems. I never buy any of them. Why? Because I resent eating English apples that are grown in far-flung places like South Africa, that's why. They just don't taste the same. So, if you ever find yourself in England during the Autumn, please, PLEASE, do yourself a favour and buy some English apples grown in England. You won't regret it! A variety I am eating right now is called ZARI* and is small, sweet, crisp and extremely juicy. *This actually originates from Belgium but apple growers in Kent have produced their own version and it's awesome! Do you prefer home-grown produce or don't you care where your food is from, so long as it's edible?
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• United States
25 Sep 10
Well, it has been a long, long time since my last visit to England. I remember the beautiful countryside and I am sure that Autumn is a great time there. What I do know is that I wish I had the time here in Grayson, Georgia to plant my own garden and to grow my own food. I think it is very important to grow your own food because there is no certainty that what we are buying in the grocery stores these days is safe. When you do self-sustaining farming and planting, you know that what you are getting is coming directly from the soil of this beautiful earth and you know that it is and only is you that would be to blame if your food was not right. However, to have fresh vegetables and fruits from your own garden would be great! Nice discussion Janey1966. Thanks and Happy Weekend!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
25 Sep 10
Thank you! If we had the room we would plant vegetables, which is why I would love a garden once we move house (if ever) as hubby's Dad grows veg so could give me tips on how to grow things. We do have a raised flower bed which has been a success but not the room to grow food. Will do one day though, but, like I say, it will have to be somewhere else. Apparently, the UK is second only to New Zealand in its green grass and it is that I would miss the most if I ever emigrated. Flying over green fields is my idea of heaven, I love it.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
25 Sep 10
i like the apples that are grown here in canada. i do like locally grown produce but i also like the strawberries that come from california.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
25 Sep 10
I never thought of Canada being an apple-growing nation but - come to think of it, autumn there is quite spectacular, I should imagine. Best time of year for apples, as you know.
@jugsjugs (13045)
25 Sep 10
I do not like football at all.I think that with all the cold it is Autumn and Winter that i hate.I really summer from my joints and other health problems when it gets this time of the year and there are alot less people that tend to be about aswell,like people that you would normally see the rest of the year.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
25 Sep 10
I do sympathise. I have noticed that Dad - in particular, suffers from more aches and pains when it's cold and damp. I, too, prefer the warmth of the sun although I do like cold, crisp days so long as the sun is out and I'm wrapped up. Nothing worse than being underdressed for the weather. In fact, today it was around 14 degrees C, not exactly red-hot but I saw a teenage girl in a white, sleeveless top. Made me feel cold looking at her. She was all smiles though; was probably from Newcastle, the girls there dress like that in the middle of winter on a night out lol. Hardy bunch!
@oldchem1 (8144)
25 Sep 10
I know just what you mean, nice strangely shaped and marked apples, none of these perfect sized and shaped 'plastic' ones!! The trees round here are all laden with them and most farms have baskets of them outside the gates for people to help themselves to! I have been amazed this week to find that my raspberry bushes have given me a big bowl full of lovely big raspberries - a nice and welcome autumn bonus!!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
25 Sep 10
I used to go blackberry picking when younger. The bushes were situated around tennis courts near Mum's house. Unfortunately, that land has all been built on now although the blackberry bushes may still be there for all I know. I hope so. I saw a guy try to knock down conkers from a tree in Town with his crutch the other day, for his son. He wondered why they wouldn't fall down..not ripe that's why! He was bashing hell out of this tree which isn't setting a very good example to the little one is it? I should've said something but he might have hit me with his crutch, such was his bad mood! Will you be making a pie or a crumble with the raspberries?
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
25 Sep 10
Oh yeah, I prefer local produce whenever I can get it. It is difficult to get things like apples and stone fruit here in my part of Australia though that are local, as there is only one tiny little region where they are mainly grown in Queensland. It is the most southern part of the state and high in altitude so the climate and plant life is more like southern New South Wales or Victoria. Apples here are awesome in winter and spring, but as the season gets old, the apples become flavourless as they have been stored too long. They mostly come from the southern states too, which is like your apples coming from somewhere else in Europe in terms of the distance they travel, but we do not have much choice here. I try to avoid buying apples from the large supermarkets as they have been grown with chemicals and have been stored for over a year sometimes! They are nice and shiny, but unnatural.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
25 Sep 10
This is why I only eat apples in the autumn. I refuse to eat them at any other time for the reasons you have mentioned. They are stored too long and the taste (and smell) goes. I reckon the apples I have at the moment have just been picked so are as fresh as they can be. England has a huge variety of apples that are beginning to grow in popularity. Kent is known as the Garden of England as that is where most of our apples are grown. I would love to live there but I'm afraid us poor northerners have no chance due to the extortionate prices of houses down there!
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
25 Sep 10
Hard to find apples grown in Texas, and I don't like Red Delicious, I don't find them at all delicious... I like Macintosh apples, actually a Canadian apple, but grown world wide. The Fiji is also a good apple, no idea where it hails from. I actually don't much care where the food comes from, tho I know that here in Texas we get strawberries that get their start in the season way down in Mexico, work their way north as the season progresses I guess I have to say the grapes I ate from my sister's back yard when she lived in central Washington state were the BEST grapes I ever ate!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
25 Sep 10
Totally organic I would think which is why you loved them. Dad has an apple tree at the back of the garden but Mum has persuaded him to leave the apples alone after many years of him being stubborn about them. Why? Because they're not eating apples, that's why!
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• Philippines
24 Sep 10
Yeah i prefer english apples. I don't like chinese or japanese apples. I can't understand them.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
25 Sep 10
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Sep 10
Note to self: head on up to Apple Hill this weekend and buy some American apples grown in America, specifically California. lol
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
24 Sep 10
Mum had a spell of buying Washington Reds from M&S. What I liked about those were the SIZE, absolutely massive. Don't see them that often now. They are the only "foreign" apple I like. Good luck in your apple hunt!
@AutumnGold (1062)
24 Sep 10
Hello Janey. That's one of my favourite things about Autumn too, I love home grown apples. I also like to go walking and pick the newly ripened hazel nuts from trees, they're delicious. I always try to buy British produce when I go shopping but sometimes it's difficult and a lot of the time it doesn't make sense. We have lots of strawberry farms where I live, people come from all over Europe to pick the strawberries but I don't know where the fruit is sent to...the supermarkets are always full of foreign ones no matter what time of year it is.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
24 Sep 10
We should be self-sufficient in strawberries! It's madness getting them from abroad, it really is. The thing is; my English grown apples cost a whopping £1.50 for 6 which works out at 25p per apple..which isn't bad but it's impossible to stock on them because of the expense. I remember when I was little I could eat 3 apples a day. I certainly couldn't do that now.
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