National Apple Day will see schools in south Suffolk receive free cases of apples and juice.
To celebrate the harvest and mark this annual day, Boxford company Konings UK, which uses no fewer than 25 different apple varieties throughout the year, is donating cases of apples along with 800 bottles of apple juice to local children.
Phil Clark, site lead at the firm, said: “Our part of the county is dominated by orchards and the fresh fruit and juice sector is an important contributor to the local economy.
“Therefore, we think it important to raise a glass to the apple at this time of year.”
Dave Smyth, Konings UK’s chief taster, added: “This time of the year, with the harvest in full swing, is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the deliciousness of our local produce.
“We’ve just finished pressing the early harvest varieties like Discovery and Worcesters and are moving onto the Cox Orange Pippin, which is my personal favourite.
“I’m also always pleased to see the Sturmer Pippin come in. This is a variety which originated in 1827 in the village of Sturmer near Haverhill on the Suffolk / Essex border and is still widely grown locally.”
The company is sending out about 800 bottles of apple juice to Boxford Primary School, Nayland Primary School, St Gregory CEVCP School, Sudbury and Stoke-by-Nayland Primary School – all with their prior permission.