Its a bumper crop for apples in Ireland this year. They are early, abundant and so, so delicious. A few of us took the chance to go down to Westmeath last weekend for the first of the season harvest and some home-brew cider making.
Apples are one of the few fruit that grow incredibly well in our climate, but yet represent such a small percentage of the agricultural market (about 2%). We have the potential to be totally self sufficient and could even make a name for ourselves in the international market for our apples. We just need more farmers to turn away from the cows and towards the orchard.