Clayfield Markets only Source the highest Quality apples from the best Growing Regions in Australia. We Stock a full range of Seasonal apples in both Large and Small sizes
The Queensland apple industry is based solely on the so-called Granite Belt around Stanthorpe, on the Queensland/New South Wales border. The region is well named with clearly visible large granite outcrops and balancing boulders from the Triassic age (251-205 million years old).
Stanthorpe in Southern Queensland is known for producing crunchy apples. Start your day off by enjoying a crunchy Stanthorpe apple in our delicious Bircher Muesli!
Stanthorpe holds the record for the lowest temperature recorded in Queensland at -11 °C in July 1895. In winter Stanthorpe is frequently the coldest town in the state with sleet and light snowfalls recorded from time to time. The Granite Belt is therefore one of the few areas in Queensland with a climate suitable for pome fruit production. The area’s elevation of 800-1000 metres above sea level results in a cool summer climate, which is brilliant for growing large and juicy apples and pears. In 2009 there were approximately 45 apple growers in Queensland, many of whom have farmed in the district for generations and who also grow stonefruit, pears and cherries. The region could be called “Little Italy” because of the large proportion of inhabitants with Italian ethnic origins.
When minerals were found on the Granite Belt large numbers of tin miners moved to the area. The name Stanthorpe derives from the Latin: stannum (tin) and thorpe (village). When tin mining declined in the region the locals started to diversify and people began growing large quantities of stone fruit and grapes. For more detail log onto www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au.
Apple orchards are located around the northern and western Granite Belt villages of Cottonvale, Thulimbah, The Summit, Applethorpe and Pozieres which are all within 15 minutes drive of the heart of Stanthorpe
Growing Regions – Tasmania Known as Australia’s Island Orchard
Premium quality fruit produced in one of the world’s few remaining pristine environments. Seasonal advantage, allowing high quality fresh fruit to Northern Hemisphere markets when local production is not available.
A cohesive industry represented by Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc to ensure quality production and standards.
As an island, Tasmania has a natural quarantine advantage and is recognised nationally and internationally for Area Freedom status for Fruit Fly. The State moratorim on GM means Tasmania is also GM-free.
With a beautiful pristine environment of Tasmania is prefect for growing just about any variety of apple.
Fresh Tasmanian apples can be enjoyed in many different ways from classic recipes to more modern gourmet recipes. Discover a variety of ways to enjoy fresh Tasmanian apples today!
Tasmanian Industry Facts
50-60 apple growing families in Tasmania.
The industry has a gross value of $40-50M. Tasmania exports apples to over 20 countries. Tasmania produces approximately 55,000 Tonnes of apples.
Tasmania accounts for 18 percent of the total Australian production and 65 percent of total Australian exports.
Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc is a non-profit industry association representing Tasmanian growers. There are approximately 50-60 apple growers in the State with around 90 percent members of FGT.
FGT’s operations are funded by a voluntary carton levy paid by growers and collected on the Association’s behalf by the carton suppliers.
Additional funds for promotion, market development activities, training etc are generated by FGT activities; from the national compulsory levy which is collected by the Horticulture Australia Ltd (HAL) and other R&D funding sources.
The first apple tree was planted in Tasmania by Captain Bligh in the 1700’s. Apples were among the first crops introduced to Tasmania by the early settlers. These were initially planted around the homesteads as “house orchards”, being part of a near subsistence economy. From the 1820s, onwards an ever increasing surplus was exported to new English settlements throughout Australia. Tasmania became known as the “Apple Isle” and it is known internationally as the “Apple Isle”.
Today’s Apple Industry
The bulk of Tasmania’s apples are now grown in the Huon district (83 percent) south of Hobart. The remainder are produced in the Spreyton (10 percent) and Tamar (7 percent) districts. Between 30 and 35 percent of the total crop is exported overseas – the main markets being Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines. Another 20 – 25 percent is sold interstate (mainly Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne). A further 15 percent of the crop is consumed in Tasmania with the remainder utilised for
Growing Regions – New South Wales
NSW is often the second highest apple producing state after Victoria and has a reputation for producing quality fruit from high up on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, at Batlow in the south and Orange in the middle of the state. Bilpin is the other noted apple growing area.
NSW has a long history of growing quality apples and indeed, the Batlow name and brand is synonymous with apples in NSW. The cool climate experienced at Batlow and Orange is ideal for apple growing as they require a significant amount of winter chilling to produce good fruit and prefer not to have extreme temperatures during the ripening season. Some of the orchards at Batlow are at 1,000 metres elevation.
Red Delicious is still the most common variety grown in NSW but a wide range of the most popular apples are grown.
An Ideal dessert apple with its creamy white flesh, try using Red Delicious apples in this beautiful Apple and Polenta Crumble!
This region also experiences cold winters and cool summers that produce high quality fruit. The area is blessed with a high rainfall and the orchards store water in on farm dams to irrigate when necessary.
Orange has a competitive advantage in being close to the Sydney market, but being close to Sydney has also put pressure on the region as many orchards have been purchased by lifestyle farmers who have opted to grow grapes and cherries instead of apples. However, Orange will remain a significant apple growing region, so long as it can survive pressures from urban encroachment and pests such as flying foxes.
Bilpin & Forbes
Bilpin is another noted region but it is now a relatively small apple producing area, as is Forbes in the central west of NSW.
Balow is considered by many apple growers to be the premium apple growing region in Australia. It has cold winters and long cool summers that produce clean, crisp apples.
Apples have been grown in Batlow since about 1900 and in 1922, the Batlow Fruit Co-operative was formed to help local growers market their fruit. Today, about half the apples grown at Batlow are marketed through the Co-op and, due to new technology and expertise in the pack house, Batlow branded apples receive a premium in the market place.
Batlow is best known for its Red Delicious apples and Pink ladys but recent developments have seen a significant planting of Jazz™ apples, a new variety from New Zealand.