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We are excited that for the 2023 season, we are farming our dessert fruit in partnership with Tillington Top Fruit.
Our partnership with Tillington Top Fruit allows our farm to continue producing high quality fruit with our focus on sustainable farming and the environment around us. Tillington Top Fruit brings their extensive production expertise and improved efficiency and modern automated picking equipment.
At Stocks Farm we grow 3 main varieties of dessert apples, Gala, Junami and Red Windsor.
Gala Apples: English Gala are now the market leading dessert apple in the UK. We grow a mixture of Gala variants across our orchards and we also have a section of the farm orchards dedicated to new varieties and trials. You can read more about them HERE
Junami: Delicious juicy, fruity, crunchy flavour with yellow and burgundy skin. Junami are our latest picked variety, known for it’s long storage capabilities. Junami is able to extend the British Apple season, meaning you can pick up delicious British Apples nearly all year round
Red Windsor: This is an apple that was discovered in our village and one that we are very excited about. Red Windsor is special not just because it is British but also because it has a wonderful sweet and tangy taste. Red Windsor is picked before Gala and is one of the first apples to look out for at the start of the British apple season. It is much more complex in flavour than most red eating apples today. It has a wonderful dark red skin and is a more robust apple. It is perfect for eating in the hand or for using in recipes and goes especially well with pork.
The beautiful photos below were taken by Chris Sandys, a local photographer. The 2012/13 winter was notable because the UK experienced a larger influx than usual of Waxwings due to the failure of the berry crop in Scandinavia. The birds enjoyed feasting on the Gala apples left in our orchards. Apples are left unpicked if they do not meet the retailer specification for colour or size.