FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do we grow?
We grow one of the
widest selections of ‘top fruit’ and ‘stone fruit’ in Kent . We have over
50 varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries plus some damsons,
quinces and cobnuts. Our orchards extend to about 40 acres in
Who do we sell to?
The main proportion
of our apples is sold via a local co-operative to major supermarkets. We
also supply some local outlets and autumn apple fayres.
sales and ‘Pick Your Own’ allow us to receive valuable customer feedback.
Our aim is to produce fruit with the best possible flavour and eating
quality for your enjoyment. We sell direct from the farm between August
Why should I eat apples?
and vegetables are a basic essential for healthy eating. They contain
antioxidants and are an excellent source of essential vitamins. Apples and
other fruits are a major part of the ‘Five a Day’ program. Equally
importantly they are great to eat - no other fruit offers so much variety
of taste and texture.
Are the apples
No. We follow the more scientific approach of
Integrated Crop Management. Our orchards are constantly monitored and only
treated when it is essential to control pests and diseases. Many natural
predators live in the orchards and these are actively encouraged so as to
Why do you have to
Appearance is very important to consumers and we could
not grow the quality produce demanded without the use of some fungicides
and insecticides. We also need to control weeds and provide nutrients.
These inputs are all expensive to buy and take time to apply so we aim to
reduce applications and use natural products as far as possible. We have
to grow fruit that satisfies the demands of the
Is there any danger of
Any new pesticide is subject to rigorous testing
over many years before it can be approved for agricultural use. We adhere
to strict regulations by not spraying close to harvest and all our fruit
is liable to be analysed for residues. We are subject to a rigorous annual
inspection by an independent organisation for farm assurance.
know our fruit is 100% safe - we eat it all the time!
should I buy English fruit?
Our weather mix of rain, sun and
generally moderate temperatures allow apples to develop exceptionally good
texture and flavour. Buying English helps reduce food miles and supports
the environment. Orchards are a haven for birds and other wildlife and a
vital part of the English countryside.
Which apples should
Different varieties are best at different times of the
year and everyone has their own personal favourites. Early season apples
only last a few weeks whereas some of the later picked apples can keep
over winter. English dessert apples are available from August to the
following spring whilst Bramleys are in the supermarket all
http://www.orangepippin.com/ (information on apple varieties)
http://www.fruitforum.net/ (information on fruit growing)