Waaaay back in 1666, as the plague held cities across Britain hostage, an apple was speeding it’s way towards Isaac Newton’s head. The physicist had escaped to Lincolnshire and, with the help of a Flower of Kent apple, was about to realise the science behind gravity. It must have been in October because right now is prime apple harvesting time, when we all risk discovering the painful truth of gravity when stood in any of London’s 23 community orchards. Over at Borough Market, the traders are truely committed to celebrating the scientist’s choice of fruit. Not only can you stock up on centuries-old varieties but also enjoy apple-themed fun times, including apple tasting, apple singing, apple dancing, apple theatre, apple-loving animals and a bit of Morris Dancing and conker-knocking too. Turn up early for harvest worship at next door’s Southwark Cathedral where the Market’s choir will praise the god-like trinity of stalk, core and pip.
By Amy Smith