Ballards are specialist growers at Stud Farm in north-west Worcestershire, near the village of Abberley. The farm sits on part of the Abberley hills with spectacular views down the Teme valley and has a mixture of arable, orchards and grassland for sheep.
It was a stud farm many years ago and the original stables still exist, but the 3 horses here now are for recreational use. We have 7 orchards, 5 for Bramley Apples and 2 for dessert apples.
The farm has a new Fruit Packhouse built in 2009 with an apple grader for sorting the apples by size and weight. The Bramleys are marketed to supermarkets and some to wholesale markets. We currently have 'Red Tractor' Assurance certification to the highest level and are now preparing for the 'British Retail Consortium' accreditation (BRC).
In September, October and November, Toffee Apples and chocolate covered apples (Kandy Apples) are produced for Hallowen and Bonfire night and are sold directly to the public (order online here) and to supermarkets and the wholesale markets all over the British Isles.