Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
While South Australian growers have been busy harvesting this year’s exceptional crop of apples and pears, members of the community, including shop keepers and small business owners, have been busy organizing a community day to showcase the wonderful quality of produce in the Adelaide Hills; produce, says the Lenswood Co-Operative Society, that is placed at risk by short sighted policies at all levels of government.

“We are greatly heartened by the efforts of members of the local community to raise awareness of the risk that government policies pose to the long term viability of the Apple and Pear Industry,” said Michael Cox, General Manager of the Lenswood Co-operative Society.

John Tons, a spokesperson for the group organizing the community day, said, “We could not stand idly by while our neighbours’ livelihood was being threatened. People tend to forget where our food comes from. Australia is already a net importer of fruit and vegetables – what sort of society is it that cannot feed its own people without relying on imports?
“Orchards are closing down, kids are looking at the return their parents get for their hard graft and are opting for the security of a steady wage.

“This is why we have put such an effort in creating this community day. We want all South Australians to have the opportunity of enjoying some typical country hospitality and taste the flavours of what this district have to offer.”

On Sunday March the 27th the Lenswood and Forest range communities will be reviving the Apple, Pear and Wine Festival. Up until 1998, this was an annual event enabling local producers to showcase the quality that is available here in South Australia right on our doorstep.

“All of Adelaide is invited to come to Lenswood Oval and sample the wine and cider, taste our apple pies, tarts and other delicacies, try our jams, sample the apples and pears,” says Mr Tons.

“This is an opportunity to get a taste of what life was like not so long ago. People can take part in old fashioned events like tug-o-war, three legged races, apple bob or try their hand at petanque, mini golf or animal croquet.”

Of course you can just sit, enjoy a tea or coffee or even a glass of wine or cider and listen to the music while you watch others.

Entry by gold coin donation and there are lots of free activities.

For more information, contact Michael Cox , General Manager of the Lenswood Co-operative Society on 0408 859 141.

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