Four Elms Fruit Farm are growers of a wide variety of premium quality apples and producers of multi-award winning apple juices. Established over 90 years ago, Four Elms Fruit Farm is now into its third generation of family ownership.
14 varieties of apple are grown on the 70 acre farm, including; Cox, Egremont Russet, Bramley, Braeburn and Gala.
FINALLY some warm weather into May!
Pruning has continued (later than the ideal but it must get done).
Marks honey bees have been inspected and were looking in good position for the blossom! Alongside Mark, a new beekeeper has moved 8 hives to the orchard to assist the pollination task.
Blossom looks good this year, with some orchards showing an excessive amount of flowers. Although this sounds great it will increase the task of 'thinning' -a process of removing apples when the tree has excessive amounts of fruit. Not thinning will result in many apples of small size leading to a small crop the following year.
The weather has been kinder than last year with reasonable temperatures during the crucial pollination period. (and no frost this year!!!)
More great news for the Apple Juice!
After entering the Devon County Shows competition, we managed to not only claim 1st place with Russet, but 2nd, 3rd and 4th with Cox/Bramley, Braeburn and Cox. We must be doing something right!!
Next month will likely see the end of pruning and the start of thinning...
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