First Edible Weekend celebrates new allotments
PENRYN played host to the first Edible Weekend festival to celebrate locally grown food and the town council's commitment to providing more allotments for residents.
More than 100 people headed for the Temperance Hall where local small-scale growers and producers were selling an array of produce, and Chyan Community Field provided its apple press to turn visitors' own fruit into juice.
The Olive Branch Community Café provided tea and cakes and children left the hall with exotically painted faces.
On Sunday, nine gardens were open to the public to display fruit and veg growing in small or difficult spaces, and despite drizzle and wind, there was a steady stream of visitors from as far as north Devon.
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Organiser Betty Levene from Chyan Community Field said: "The day's gone really well, with lots of people praising the variety and quality of products available, all of them from within two or three miles of the town centre.
"The noticeable thing as ever, it has to be said, has been their surprise at the lack of allotments in Penryn. One reason for organising this weekend has been that the town council has agreed to put much greater emphasis on finding a suitable site for allotments to meet that need, and we're all really excited."
Penryn's growing list of people wanting allotments grew longer as more people turned up to add their names.