Pioneering New Zealand berry fruit farming families producing world class berries for the premium Sujon range:
The Holland family in sunny Nelson produce premium export-quality berries for Sujon’s prestigious export markets in Asia, Australia and the Pacific, as well as for the NZ domestic market. But as well as providing berries to Sujon, the family also provides wonderful fresh and frozen berries for their own family shop just out of Richmond. If you are holidaying in Nelson this summer a visit to the Holland family’s Tasman Bay Berries Shop in McShanes Road, Richmond, is a must-do: enjoy pick-your-own in season or buy a punnet to eat later. (Our hint for locals and holidaymakers: make sure you try their fresh made real-fruit berry ice-cream: it’s stunningly refreshing and bursting with real flavour.) Visit their website at tasmanbayberries.co.nz for more information.
Phil and John Hyatt and their wives (Raewyn and Pat) farm around 4000 acres of land in the Upper Moutere’s Sunrise Valley and at Tapawera in the Motueka Valley. The land is divided into forestry and sheep and cattle farming along with their world-class blackcurrant farms. In addition the Hyatts have set aside a major area of unique New Zealand native bush as part of a QE2 covenant. The Hyatts Blackcurrant farms are on the flatlands in Sunrise Valley and at Tapawera are nestled at the foothills of the Kahurangi National Park. Both areas create perfect growing and ripening conditions for the Hyatts Blackcurrant berries: the fierce intensity of the sunlight in this area producing amazing levels of health-giving anthocyanin antioxidants in the berries.
Kate and Tim Gibbs Stanmore Farm is at Te Horo on the Kapiti Coast. The rugged coastal environment is perfect for growing pears and grapevines. But more importantly, the area produces amazing blackberries and Stanmore Farm is famous for its plump, densely coloured Blackberries. The coastal climate creates a combination of intense sunlight and vigorous temperature changes that sets the perfect combination of sweetness and tart in the ripe berry fruit, and for creating high levels of the all-important antioxidants as evidenced by the wonderful rich colour of the berries.
Graham and Diane Beach and their two sons and wives, Glen and Linda, John and Bronwyn, are one of New Zealand’s longest standing blueberry fruit farming families. For more than 20 years their superb succulent blueberries have helped New Zealand establish a reputation for producing some of the world’s finest blueberry fruit. The Beaches Blueberry fruit farms are at Rukuhia, in the foothills of the Waikato’s Pirongia Mountain. The area, with its own microclimate, has been proven to produce wonderful berry fruit with exceptional antioxidant values.