Apple festival a big success at the mill

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Last time, we told you about the amazing heritage apple varieties we have in our orchard at Barry Mill.

In the past, we’ve sold them for juicing and cider making, but this year, we thought we’d make the annual apple harvest something of an occasion by holding our first ever Apple Day!

Families are at the heart of all we do here at the mill. After all, the mill has kept local families fed for many centuries. So in celebration of this special season, we invited mums and dads, boys and girls and grandparents (and everyone else) to join us for an apple- themed picnic.

Apple picking was strictly encouraged, and the youngsters had a great time seeing who could reach the highest! Storyteller Ken Johnston was on hand to calm things down with a fruit-based tale, and we welcomed various community groups to the festivities, including Canine Capers and Food is Free. Rococo, Carnoustie’s garden specialists, brought along Vinnie the Velociraptor, fresh from his gold medal win at Dundee Food and Flower Festival. He provided an unusual backdrop to the plant stall, and also a stunning photo opportunity!

Other favourites included Teddy and Winter, two very well-behaved Ryeland sheep, owned by ‘accidental smallholders’, the Champion family. Rosemary had baskets of her home-produced yarn on display – another first for Barry!

The day proved so popular, we hope to repeat it next year, and perhaps develop a few ideas. More apple-themed games perhaps, or a baking contest? If you have any ideas, let us know! We will be closing for the winter at the end of September, but the grounds, as always, will be open.

Why not enjoy the last of the good weather by having your own Autumn picnic at the Mill?