THE largest collection of heritage apple trees in the North East will go on sale within weeks.
Stanley property Black Barn Farm will offer more than 50 varieties of apple trees on site on August 4.
Apple trees with names such as Hubbardston Nonesuch, Esopus Spitzenberg, Winter Banana, Belle de Boskoop are among myriad offerings.
Black Barn Farm owners Charlie Showers and Jade Miles said it was a rare offering of old-fashioned varieties – increasingly popular because of extra flavour and nutritional qualities – in the North East.
“Many of these apples have never been sold in supermarkets and some not for more than 30 years,” Mr Showers said.
“Yet their flavours defy the imagination and need to be tasted straight from the tree to be believed.”
Mr Showers said all of the trees were hand-grafted and grown on site at Black Barn Farm nursery, using only their regenerative farming practices.
“That means they are free of synthetic herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers,” he said.
Mr Showers said each tree was inoculated with beneficial mycorrhizal fungi, fed specific woodsy composts and well irrigated.
He said this ensured the healthiest tree and root system.
“All our trees are grafted onto semi-dwarfing disease resistant rootstock, perfect for low maintenance backyard orchards and suitable as a free standing tree, 3 to 5 metres tall,” Mr Showers said.
Mr Showers and Ms Miles will be at the farmgate on August 4 to help people choose the right trees for their properties.
Ms Miles said the Victorian apple season covered six months of the year.
“If you’re clever you could plant the right varieties to allow you to pick fresh, crisp apples from January until June,” she said.
Each apple tree is sold with a free planting and growing guide.
Buyers can pre-order apple trees online and pick them up from Black Barn Farm on the sale day.
Find the sale details at: blackbarnfarm.com.au/store/
Black Barn Farm, 60 Lower Nine Mile Road, Stanley, will open for the Heritage Apple Bare Rooted Tree Sale on Saturday, August 4, from 9am to 4pm.
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