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Sitting in twenty acres of steep wooded valley, most of our apples are grown in our orchards at Cuttivett, a tiny hamlet near Pillaton, in South East Cornwall.
We graze beneath the apple trees with our thirty Dexter cows and also have an three acres of cobnuts and walnuts.
Before working for the business full time, Frankie was a farming wildlife consultant and Tony won awards for his eco friendly farming, with links to Leaf and Life schemes. As a result nature is very important to our business. We operate a no spray policy and our orchards team with wildlife. Tony also grows award winning vegetables as a hobby.
All our apples are old Cornish varieties; there are over forty different types to suit a range of palettes, from sweet Polly and Pearapple, to toe curlingly sharp Cornish Longstem.
As well as our own orchards, we work in conjunction with two other small orchards locally; Smallacombe Farm at Carkeel and Hodges at Botus Fleming. Our apple pressing plant is at Broadmoor Farm, Stoketon Cross, Saltash, PL12 4SA, just off the A38.
A highlight of our year is the annual Wassail held in January, when we make lots of noise to scare the spirits off the trees, give them a feed of toast and cider, and off course, go back to celebrate with pasties and mulled juice and more cider. In this way we guarantee a good harvest in the coming year.
Our pickled walnuts (preserved in our own cider vinegar after being dried in Cornish sea salt) are very popular and on sale for a short time before Christmas.