Its been a week of strange weather in Kent, from glorious sunshine, to high winds and rain and everything in between! We managed to snap some photos of the farm throughout all this, and its safe to say – no matter the weather Moat Farm is absolutely beautiful!...
We were very proud to host this years farm walk and prize giving ceremony for the 67th Goudhurst and Paddock Wood NFU orchard competition 2017… and Hononton Farm, was the overall winner of the orchard competition! NFU Group Secretary Martin Webber, of Flimwell,...
So fruit picking is now in full swing on all of our Kent farms, the harvest season is very early this year and approximately 2 weeks ahead of last year. We’re picking Bramley apples & Conference Pears this week and the fruit size & quality is...
It’s been a busy day over at our Moat Farm site!… We’re having these amazing hail nets installed on our gala orchard to protect the fruit! The nets can be retracted over winter and bought down in spring and will ultimately provide shelter to the...
Check out this amazing bee hotel, built by our Assistant Farms Manager – Mihai! Encouraging and supporting the local wildlife is one of our core values at Adrian Scripps, after all if it wasn’t for the bees pollinating the blossom… we wouldn’t...
This is the definitive English cooking apple which is green with a white flesh and which cooks down to a tart puree. It is great for pies and toppings as well as baked apple. It is available all the year round.
This is by far the most widely cultivated pear in North west Europe due to its good flavour characteristics due to its higher sugars and its excellent storage properties. It can be eaten at any stage of ripening from crisp to very ripe depending upon ones taste.
This very distinctive apple has a great taste to match. It’s crunchy with a floral aroma and sweet, tangy flavour with the added benefit of not browning after cutting making it not only great for eating but also ideal for salads or lunchboxes.
We believe it is important to promote the healthy natural alternative to sweets that Apples can provide and this starts with education at a young age. That is why we support the Tesco Eat Happy Project by offering school visits or talks. If your school is interested in visiting why not click on the ‘Tesco Eat Happy Logo’ to learn more
It’s not just about the great benefits of apples either. We are championing the great potential for a career in the fruit industry. That’s why we were delighted to be recognised with the Work Experience: Outstanding Employer Contribution award by EBP Kent. If you are interested in work experience why not Contact Us for more information
Alternatively everyone is invited to come and see what we do at Open Farm Sunday. Held annually in June, we, like 1000s of other farmers across the country open our gates to the public. Keep checking the website for details of the next event
Harvesting at the right time and only picking the best quality is key to maintain the freshness, flavour and eating quality of our fruit.
This is backed up by the use the latest computerised storage technology. Adrian Scripps Ltd. has one of the largest and most modern controlled atmosphere storage complexes in the UK. We operate a total of 77 chambers capable of holding 15,000 tonnes (45,000 bins) of fruit in Ultra Low Oxygen conditions. The stores are designed to cool the fruit and establish U.L.O. conditions post harvest in the shortest possible time.
Within each individual chamber Ethylene removal as well as controlled atmosphere technology is used to balance the natural gases of respiration. This means the fruit can be maintained in excellent condition until the desired marketing period.
The latest computerised equipment continually monitors the storage conditions. With regular sampling of the fruit by our technical team we are able to ensure it is in its optimum condition when supplied to our customers.
Adrian Scripps Ltd has just invested in brand new state of the art MAF- Roda pre-grader, utilising the most modern technology and recent advances in computerised colour, size and blemish sorting. Adrian Scripps Ltd have also invested in new packing lines and are able to grade and pack several varieties and product lines daily. Typically 15 tonnes of fruit an hour can be graded and packed into a range customer packs and standards.Pre-packing facilities allow the packing of poly bags, over-wrap packs and flo-wraps to match our customers’ individual requirements.
An experienced and motivated team ensures that all packed product meets customer standards and reaches the consumer in perfect condition. Through our traceability system the origin of fruit can be traced from the supermarket shelf back to the orchard where it was grown.