Richards Orchard — Sat 28 March — 1 pm
“I hope to have 20-25 apple varieties on hand for a tasting session, maybe more.
These might include Adam’s Pearmain, Akane, Belle de Boskoop, Bramley’s Seedling, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Criterion, Dayton, Dunn’s Seedling, Fiesta, Gala, Geheimrat Oldenburg, Gewürtzluiken, Golden Delicious, Idared, Jonagold, Jonathan, Liberty, Lobo, Monty’s Surprise, Royal Gala, Sir Prize, Spartan, Takapuna Russett and Telstar.”
“We are a small family owned orchard with a commercial export crop of apples (leased out) and a roadside stall. Eric (Grandfather) bought the orchard in 1944, having picked fruit here in 1938. My parents John and Brigitte took over in 1969. They are foundation members of Tree Crops and over the years have planted fruit, nuts and timber trees of many kinds, some in the orchard and some in our “lifestyle” farm. I have been involved in running the stall since 2004. Our webpage at www.fruitstall.co.nz has photos of our fruit and descriptions.
“From January to August/September, we progressively sell about 60 kinds of apples, about 20 pears, 30 or more varieties of plums, plus greengages, quinces, damsons, zwetschen (prune) plums, and some stone fruit. Many of our apple varieties were collected by John and Brigitte from DSIR Research Orchards in the 1970s, some are more recently acquired, and some are seedlings.” [Abridged for privacy]
Venue: 668 The Coastal Highway, between Bronte and Trafalgar roads.
Look for blue signs.
Parking at the apple stall. The visit will include the adjacent orchard.
Contact: Katrina. We can provide cups of tea/coffee but people should bring folding chairs as we are short on seating. If it rains we can move inside one of the sheds.