Chegworth Valley has now completed its apple & pear harvest for 2013. The farm, based at Chegworth, near Harrietsham has plantings of around 75,000 apple & pear trees and grows around 20 varieties of apples & pears. Harvest began in August, with Discovery apples being the first off the trees and has continued as varieties including Cox, Bramley and Russet along with lesser known varieties such as Crimson Crisp, Boskoop Rouge and Chegworth Beauty have ripened.
All apples grown on the family owned & run farm are certified organic by the soil association and are all picked by hand, meaning that the best fruit can be selected giving optimum ripeness and taste. The apples & pears are sold direct at farmers' markets and through the farm's shops, as well as selected varieties being used to press for the award-winning Chegworth Valley Juices.
Proprietor David Deme commented “This year harvest has been very good, with trees laden with fruit – at some times it has been a challenge to keep up with the quantity we have had! The prolonged warm spell earlier in the year meant that the blossom set well, and the longer, later summer has meant that fruit has ripened well”.
The harvest has been the best in over a decade. Pruning will now start at the farm, along with the planting of a further 8000 trees over the winter which will help to keep up with the growing demand for Chegworth's apples & juices.