The Journals give a weekly update on events in our English apple orchards, using pictures and video clips to follow seasonal activities and giving the consumer a level of detail not available from any other source.
All aspects of growing, harvesting, storage, grading, packing and marketing are included enabling consumers to understand the challenges English growers face in supplying our sophisticated market place.
While there is enthusiastic support for older traditional varieties from dedicated interest groups and supportive media, the English Apple Man will endeavour to explain why support for the mainstream commercial production of English apples is vital to a sustainable apple industry in this country, delivering recognised benefits to the health of our consumers while maintaining our diverse and beautiful countryside.
Varieties grown commercially are relatively few in number, when matched against the 2300 varieties on display at The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale in Kent and while there is an increasing desire by all parties to retain and where possible reintroduce the best of our heritage varieties, the sustainability of our apple acreage depends on no more than a dozen varieties.
However, that does not mean we should dismiss all the efforts of growers determined to maintain our many heritage varieties, we must support all our producers, whether they be small in acreage, selling directly to the consumer, or large scale operations growing a thousand acres or more and totally dependent on supplying our supermarkets.
The History of The English Apple Man is a story of a lifetime spent in the industry, as a boy straight out of school, then as a young man developing all the practical knowledge of growing and later taking on the management of the family fruit farm, then changing course to join the major supplier of English Apples in a technical role and finally becoming Technical Director with a responsibility for product and environmental safety, product quality, and technical innovation.
Now retired, The English Apple Man will bring his unique experience of the English apple industry to all who visit the English Apple Man website.
On Saturday and Sunday 17th & 18th October 2015 the annual Brogdale Apple Festival will be held at Brogdale Farm Faversham.
The 2015 National Fruit Show takes place at the Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone on Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd October
Today; Friday 5th February, The English Apple Man spent the day at the annual pruning event at Hadlow College
Today my wife celebrate's a 'landmark' birthday......
At The Agrovista Technical Day, Leon Jahae introduced new cherry varieties
The Annual Agrovista Technical Conference took place this week at Brands Hatch in Kent
Looking ahead to 2016 and beyond........
The English Apple Man takes a look back at 2015
Another Christmas is here - they come around (it seems) at an ever increasing pace as we get older...
Responding to the need for better trained harvest workers,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
With just two weeks to go before Christmas, 'are my readers short on ideas for a present for family members who have an interest in apples & pears?
At this stage of the year in my apple growing days, the packhouse was buzzing as Christmas approached...
After the warm Autumn temperatures, Winter arrived with the sudden fall in temperatures from circa 15C to freezing in just three days.
The English Apple Man visits more Supermarkets sampling English Apples & Pears...
Its mid November, the weather is dull and dreary....and ....Christmas is less than six weeks away....
Nostalgia; Old photos bringing back fond memories
The National Fruit Show Competition Entries have been sent to a number of prestigious locations.....
Its National Fruit Show week and The English Apple Man was involved
On Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd October the 82nd National Fruit Show will take place at The Kent County Showground at Detling, near Maidstone in Kent.
Nine days into October and the evenings are closing in fast; for the last two weeks growers have been hard at it picking Gala...
Last Sunday The English Apple Man attended the first Bountiful Botanics event at Wakehurst Place in East Sussex
Apple harvest is in full swing; most Cox have been picked and Gala picking is well under way......
Norwood Park in Nottinghamshire is the custodian of the original Bramley apple
The English Apple Man attends this year's Gala Club meeting at Sean Charlton's Farm
After the early season apples, the second earlies, Zari and Estivale are now in the shops