A sun-filled summer and damp September have combined to create ideal apple growing conditions and a vintage harvest at Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, near Truro, Cornwall.
Sam Healey, operations director, said: “This year’s crop is all about quality. Whilst our orchards are producing an above average yield, it is the taste we are particularly impressed with this year.
“Apple trees are very sensitive to the weather and this summer has been a good one. Our apples have reddened nicely as a result of the summer sunshine, followed by a wetter September which has seen the crop swell.”
The Healeys have 20 acres of orchards and over 3,000 apple trees on their family farm at Penhallow. Traditionally the apple harvest starts in September and continues for around ten weeks. The strong harvest is encouraging given the recent acquisition of Tregoninny Farm, where the Healeys plan to plant 8,000 apple trees over the next five years.
Sam added: “We’ll be flat out until the end of November picking our apples and then pressing them ready to be made into jams, juices, spirits and cyders. We pressed our Katy apples just last week and our first batch of Katy apple juice is now available for visitors to try in the farm shop.”
This blog post is no originally by Wobbly Wallet but appeared on Beer Today http://beertoday.co.uk/healeys-harvest-1013/