Reid Fruits has recently expanded orchard operations to include a new high elevation orchard that will lengthen the period of fresh cherry availability until mid-February. The new site at Honeywood Orchards, at Jericho in the southern midlands, also boasts a 40,000m2 a state-of-the-art retractable roof greenhouse which will deliver premium quality cherries regardless of the weather conditions.
Redlands Orchard, the main orchard site, is located on the fertile alluvial soils adjacent to the River Derwent and hosts over 100 hectares of modern high density cherry orchard. The River Derwent rises in the central highlands of Tasmania and is fed by several pristine tributaries that flow from Tasmania’s Southwest National Park and World Heritage Area. With 4km of river frontage the pure waters of the River Derwent provide a sustainable irrigation supply over the dry summer months to the Redlands Orchards property.
Reid Fruits’ new Honeywood Orchard is located in the higher reaches of the southern midlands with an elevation exceeding 400m above sea level. Originally dry land farming country the area has now undergone a transformation with the installation of the Southern Midlands Irrigation Scheme. Honeywood Orchard is named after James Reid who planted his first apple orchards in the district of Honeywood in 1856 and from which Reid Fruits has grown. The first harvest of cherries from Honeywood is expected to commence in 2019.