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“Because my apples are picked when they are fully mature, they have soaked up more weeks of autumn sunshine and absorbed more goodness from the Southwell keuper marl clay, which is characteristic of the land where the original Bramley tree still stands.
This results in my apples having that perfect Bramley blush, distinctive texture and extraordinary taste. And all without adding anything artificial!”
Our juices are made with apples grown only on our farm. We are proud to know the name and provenance of each apple – we don’t use imported fruit, not even from nearby.
This season, Starkey’s will grow over 1000 tons of strawberries, blackberries and raspberries in soft fruit plantations, which are nestled between the ancient oak trees of the former deer park dating back to Robin Hood times, and the apple orchards; providing a wildlife habitat which is a haven for butterflies, moths, woodpeckers and hares.
We also hope to grow around 200 tons of apples, selling some of the fresh fruit and pressing the rest into juice on the farm to make a range of delicious apple juices in bottles and ‘Rip ‘n Sip’ pouches. Other appley products in development are cider, sugar free sweets, crisps and a rebirth of our popular compote.
The ONLY Bramley product from the Original seedling now in its 208th year – Our Signature Variety.
BRAMLEY & COX
The Perfect Combination – A crowd pleaser.
OLD ENGLISH BLEND
A heritage collection – sweet and crisp.
The First of the Harvest – mellow and peachy, reminds us of newly mown grass and picnics.
BRAMLEY & BLACKBERRY
Wow what a colour! We blend 20% blackberry juice, grown on the farm, to make this exceptional juice
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Our Apple Cider Vinegar is the perfect addition to any meal, from a dressing for a fresh salad to a flavoursome marinade to accompany a range of meats
BRAMLEY APPLE COMPOTE
100% British 100% Bramley Apple Compote. Our Compote is Apple Sauce with a difference – not just for pork!
Fruit growing began at Norwood Park over 100 years ago in 1910 when John R. Starkey (MP for Newark) planted a Bramley Apple orchard.
Fifty years ago Starkey’s started to grow strawberries and other soft fruit. Today we grow specialist apples and strawberries, blackberries and raspberries for major supermarkets.
The Starkey’s Bramley Apple trees are unique and have a very important heritage! The Original Bramley Tree in Southwell is a legend. Still alive and bearing fruit at over 200 years old, it grew miraculously out of a pip planted by Mary Anne Brailsford in 1809. The name of this mysterious fruit was adopted from Mr Matthew Bramley who later bought the garden and it was developed and marketed by Mr Henry Merryweather.
Since then, the Bramley has achieved cult status and world fame as a cooking apple. Southwell hosts an annual Bramley festival, there is a dedicated stained glass window in our Minster and a Bramley Heritage Trail to follow.
Sadly, the Original Bramley now has honey fungus and will soon pass on to the great orchard in the sky. There WILL be a memorial – we promise! However, in 1994, Sir John Starkey and his scientist pals at the University of Nottingham, took genetic material from the tree to preserve its DNA. In doing so, The Starkeys have protected her genetic inheritance for future generations by cloning her and planting a Centenary Orchard just up the road. These are the only commercial copies of the tree and are lovingly tended by hand.
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