Media Source: Weekly Times: Cherry and apple farming: Fiona and Bernard Hall from Orange grow for the future
By:Â NICOLA BELL, The Weekly Times,Â
INVESTING in new technology and developing a branding and marketing strategy have allowed Fiona and Bernard Hall to grow their cherry and apple business.
This is despite significant industry contraction in their district and declining domestic apple consumption.
The couple are the owners of Caernarvon Cherry Co at Orange, in central west NSW, a cherry growing, packing and marketing operation, and the co-owners of Bonny Glen Fruits, along with Bernardâ€™s brother, Tim Hall, growing and marketing apples.
â€œWe can have cherries picked, packed and landed in South East Asia in 48 hoursÂ â€¦Â Chile is our biggest competitor in cherries and they have to send theirs by sea freight,â€
Weâ€™re loving the new varieties that are coming onto the market and have spent the past few years preparing our Kanzi apples for production. We hope you get to enjoy one soon!
The Orange Apple Ramble 2017
Meeting at Food HQ at 11am, for a apple variety showcase, then hopping on a bus to arrive at Nashdale for a 2.5km stroll through a commercial orchard, a heritage apple orchard, into a trufferie and finally native vegetation with the final destination at Lake Canobolas.
Stations of apple based tasting plates and local ciders will be available along the stroll with music at the lake kiosk. Local growers will be participating in the ramble to educate guests on the history of the industry and how apples are grown.
Pick your own apples as you go and soak in the glorious views of the Towac Valley.
Media Source: Central Western Daily – Orange cherry company makes top three of NSW Farmer of the Year Awards
COMPARING apples with oranges looks relatively easy against weighing up the merits of the three NSW Farmer of the Year finalists for 2015.
When the judges toured the enterprises last week, they saw production systems for oysters, asparagus, cherries, spinach, beetroot and apples.
This yearâ€™s Farmer of the Year finalists, announced on Thursday by NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair, and NSW Farmers president Derek Schoen, highlight entrepreneurial approaches to farming outside the mainstream broadacre cropping and livestock sectors.