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Perfect growing conditions will provide vintage harvest

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 15, 2013

  • Sales manager Georgie Healey, left, and head of operations Sam Healey in one of their orchards at Penhallow with Duchess the shire horse

  • Healey Cyder Farm's head of operations Sam Healey, left, and head of commercial activity Joe Healey, with Bramble the dog in one of their orchards. The brothers are the second generation of the Healey family to run the farm in Penhallow, near Perranporth, North Cornwall

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Cornwall's longest-standing cider producer has declared a vintage crop as it begins its apple harvest.

A sun-filled summer and damp September have combined to create ideal apple-growing conditions at Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm, near Truro.

The Healeys have 20 acres of orchards and more than 3,000 apple trees on their family farm at Penhallow.

Traditionally the apple harvest starts in September and continues for around ten weeks.

Operations director Sam Healey said: "This year's crop is all about quality. While our orchards are producing an above-average yield, it is the taste we are particularly impressed with this year.

"Our apples have reddened nicely as a result of the summer sunshine, followed by a wetter September, which has seen the crop swell."

Healey's is famous for award-winning products including the celebrated Rattler Cyder range, which includes Original, 4%, Pear, Berry and Mulled. Its farm attracts an estimated 400,000 people a year.

Mr Healey continued:"We'll be flat-out until the end of November picking our apples and then pressing them ready to be made into jams, juices, spirits and ciders."

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