1 NOVEMBER 1930, Page 18


Not one but many householders have already begun to complain this year of the difficulty of buying good English eating apples. Now it is a good apple year, and professional growers wish to sell at a reasonable price ; yet as things are, private orchard owners, who do not necessarily want to get rid of their fruit, are begged to sell, and many orehardlcss folk go apple-less. Is this the fault of the greengrocer or producer ? I think of the producer, for local greengrocers themselves declare that it is difficult to buy English eating apples. People have different and particular tastes—for a Cox, a Blenheim, a Ribstone, a King of Pippins, a Reinette, a Coronation, a Charles Ross, a James Grieve, an Irish Peach, a D'Arcy Spice or what not. Now if there were some apple headquarters where any inquirer could be put in touch with the grower of their favourite variety all would be plain sailing for both producer and consumer to the great advan- tage of both. Such a focus would be cheap and easily or- ganized ; and might develop into a centre where other useful information was pooled.