Chislett Developments

In the Orchard

The 2012 season has seen more highs than lows as the season started with the M7 fruit being sold at Marks and Spencers in the UK, followed by a return to the good old days of high returns for Imperial Mandarins. Winter navels were of excellent quality with excellent packouts of first grade fruit destined for the Chinese market. Summer Navels being exported returned well, however, the strong Australian dollar took the shine off what would have been an exceptional year for good quality fruit with exceptional taste. The Afourer mandarins, always popular, produced an excellent crop yet again and were in demand by consumers.

With the citrus harvest finished for 2012, trees are now being prepared to meet the requirements of the Chinese market for the 2013 season. A lower exchange rate would make such a difference to grower returns and ensure that some of our no so perfect fruit has a market.

The avocados are in full season and truly magnificent to eat. Bandit and Stevie (the two farm dogs) line up for their ripe avocado each morning as they take their role as official taste testers on the farm seriously.

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