Producers - Orchards of Husthwaite
Husthwaite has a tradition of commercial fruit farming with produce travelling across the North East including to Whitby for sale to ship owners planning oceanic voyages. By the time the railway siding at Husthwaite finally closed in 1963, the glory days were over and commercial fruit growing fizzled-out.
Now, orchards in Husthwaite are being revived with more than 1,000 apple trees planted in 2009 as part of a history society project to document Hustwaite’s unique heritage of growing fruit commercially. These trees were of traditional local varieties and planted as in previous times in the large gardens of houses and cottages (garths) making it very much a Yorkshire project. The village is on excellent loamy soil and has a micro-climate allowing the village to grow varieties much farther north than is normal.
The second phase saw a cider mill established in the original 12th century manor house behind the church where two byres and the old bull pen were converted into a working cider mill overseen by Cameron Smith, an accomplished cider maker who lives in the village.
Orchards of Husthwaite produce is available at farmers markets and festivals. You can also buy the apple juice and ciders at a number of local independent retailers. The proceeds from the sale of Orchards of Husthwaite produce has directly benefited the village community with more than £40,000 match funding village projects including improvements to the fabric of the village and activities within it. Now, Cameron Smith has taken-on Orchards of Husthwaite as an artisan commercial business, paying a royalty which continues to benefit the community. The range of products has expanded and now includes liqueurs which we use to liberally soak the fruit for our Christmas cake.
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