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It's cherry ripe time in Maidstone

Monday 29th June 2020

The cherry picking season has started in Maidstone – and the crop is looking good.

Our photograph shows top growers Brian Piper and his partner daughter Rachel Sands in their orchard off Hubbards Lane, Loose, taking a moment to enjoy the fruit of their labour.

The weather has given them challenges this year with the need for protection against late frosts and then watering to help offset a very dry period.

“Some varieties are a little smaller this year due to lack of rain – but overall things are looking good, Brian said.

“Market demand is strong and this is keeping us very busy trying to meet it.”

There is a steady stream of customers at the farm entrance off Hubbards Lane and currently they have a choice of several early varieties.