Growing apples in an orchard is a challenge for those who will be doing it for the first time. You may decide to start a home apple orchard-- looking to produce the fruits for recreational purposes. Or, you may start out on a big scale-- as a profit enterprise. No matter what, you need to have good knowledge of more than a few things to make your project a successful one. If it is a profit venture, there are many big plots for sale in different UK counties which you can consider for an apple orchard project. However, make sure that you know about the climates of the area and if they are favourable for producing apples. For example, there are many big orchards in the Wimbledon area and the apple cakes wimbledon are popular throughout the region.
Things to consider before you start
Before you start out on the project, make sure you have done your research and have adequate knowledge about the primary things. Growing high-quality foods depend on many different things that include cultivar selection, planting techniques, soil types, planting site, pest management, fertilization, pruning, etc. Unless you have good knowledge about these things, producing quality food will be a difficult task. In fact, if you have no prior experience, it is highly recommended that you work for a successful orchadist for some time to learn about the operation. Otherwise, you may need to employ a qualified consultant who will be around to help you on different things. This is important if you are really thinking big scale and hoping to rake in profit from your orchard operation. For example, the very act of selecting apple cultivars demands consideration of various factors such as fruit size, color, taste, disease resistance, bloom season, ripening period, pollen compatibility, etc. Similarly, orchard size, planting techniques, pruning--all of these will depend on multiple factors. One thing to understand is that no matter whether you are seeing it as a career opportunity or otherwise, an apple orchard project would involve a huge investment of money, time and energy. So, in order not to let that go waste, you will need to move in a studied manner. Get your facts right, know all there is to know and then only embark on the project.
How to sell organic produce at farmer's markets
Another thing about growing an apple orchard or any other organic produce is to know where to sell your produce. A farmer's market is often considered to be an ideal sell venue for local orchardist and farmers. Since farmer's markets have a reputation of selling local and fresh products, many people will be looking for quality produce at a fair price. You just need to register yourself as a seller with the market authorities to sell your products there. Farmer's market is an excellent place to exhibit and sell your produce. Not only you do direct sale with the buyers there, but you also make personal contacts with the buyers, many of whom may afterwards collect your products personally outside the market, too.