28th Organic fruit, flower and vegetable and produce show
Size doesn’t always matter!
WYOG’s 28th Annual Fruit, Flower, Vegetable and Produce Show took place on Saturday September 9th in Shipley College’s Exhibition Hall, Saltaire. Over 500 entries were exhibited, and all (except, that is, the flower arrangement class) were judged on taste. So no matter what the item looked like, it was the taste that counted – as nature intended.
The Best in Show trophy demonstrates this approach perfectly. The winning item was a small pear, described by the judges as having ‘stunning flavour’. It was grown by Carol Stanley from Idle, and her two examples quickly disappeared when exhibits were available for tasting. Show registrar, Jane Robinson, was delighted: ‘We were especially pleased with Carol’s success as she is a newcomer to exhibiting in the Show, and she only entered 5 items – so she did really well!’
All entries were grown using organic methods, ie without chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers. The annual Show is a testament to the huge variety of delicious crops that can be cultivated in this area with attention to good soil and appropriate conditions. Founder member of WYOG and expert tomato grower, Terry Marshall, was on hand during the day to offer tastes of his many different varieties of tomato, and to provide guidance and tips on organic growing.
Over 80 classes were available for growers new and old to enter, with everything from flowers to attract butterflies or bees, to culinary seeds, chutneys, cakes and alcoholic drinks, as well as fruit and vegetables. There were also special classes for children and young people.
It is thought that this is the longest-running show in the UK which judges on taste.
Terry Marshall presented the trophies:-
- Best exhibit in vegetables – Marion Pencavel for lemon sorrel leaves
- Best exhibit in tomatoes – Mike Hurdiss for a beefsteak tomato
- Best exhibit in fruit – Carol Stanley for a pear
- Best exhibit in children’s classes – Leighton for his animal figure made of vegetables
- Best exhibit in bread – Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team for their potato and sage bread
- Best in produce – St Matthew’s Primary School, Allerton (Bradford) for their loganberry jam
- Best exhibit in alcoholic drink – Paul Marshall for his vodka
- Best stall was John Brookes’ vegetable and fruit stall
- Best exhibit in show – Carol Stanley for a pear
So congratulations to everyone who entered – whether you won or not, you helped demonstrate the fantastic range or fruit, flowers and vegetables that can be grown in this area. And, finally, well done to all those who helped organise the event or volunteered on the day. We look forward to 2018!
WYOG’s next event will be Potato Day, where over 40 varieties of seed potato will be on sale for growers. This will take place on Saturday 10 February 2018.