THE MONTH-LONG celebration of organic food and farming continues next week with an emphasis on fruit and vegetables. Events include:

A talk by Dr Jeremy Cherfas, of Henry Doubleday Research, on saving unusual varieties of seeds, at the Friends Meeting House, 38 Bridge Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk (Tuesday 18 October, 7.30pm).

Giant pumpkin competition and discussion on storing vegetables, Red Lion pub, Brimington, Derbyshire (Tuesday 18 October, 7.30pm).

Tutored tasting of French organic wines, the Organic Shop, St Helier, Jersey (Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October).

Organic fruit tasting, juice pressings, best-dressed vegetable competition, harvest displays and garden tours at Ryton Organic Gardens, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry (Sunday 23 October), 0203 303517.

In-store tasting of organic wine, and sheep, goat and cow's milk cheeses from England and Wales at Wild Oats Wholefoods, 210 Westbourne Grove, London W11 (Saturday 22 October, 11am-4pm).

Organic food and drink promotions:

A special offer for Independent readers: Vinceremos Wines is offering a 10 per cent discount on its mail-order service. Phone Jem Gardener on 0532 431 691 and quote the Independent.

Doves Farm Foods: special offers on organic flour in most good health food shops nationwide.

Meridian Food: offers on jams and cereals at health food shops countrywide.

Tastings of Planmil organic chocolate at good health food shops; also special offers on Green & Black organic chocolate.

Promotions at Sainsbury's and Safeway of Organic Farm Foods' fresh vegetables.

Organic Harvest hotline: 0272 299988.