It's more than a farm - it's a way of life
OVER the past 33 years the Cherry Dale Orchard has been supplying plump juicy cherries for the tables of Australian fruit bowls.
Now its owners, the Savins, are putting their Tenterfield area property up for sale to move on to new pastures.
Famed for its high altitude and cool winter, the Tenterfield area's winning combination of sunshine and rainfall have produced tasty cherry crop.
The 10ha property is home to 2000 cherry trees that bear their best fruit in the weeks before Christmas and attract plenty of tourists in November and December.
Every year the farm produces 20-30 tonnes of the traditional festive-season fruit to supply the Sydney and Brisbane markets and its regular Christmas box customers.
The property also has 1000 assorted stone-fruit trees: peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots bearing fruit from November to March.
Mr Savins describes Cherry Dale as a way of life and one he will miss after raising his family there.
He reflected on the connections made over the years with people from all walks of life, from the steady stream of fruit pickers from France and Germany to the many loyal customers, proving the old orchardist's motto of "know them by their fruits". "I love growing good fruit for people," he said.
"It makes us proud to think we've supplied so many families with their Christmas fruit."
Mr Savins said there was plenty of scope to expand the assets of the property to add to its tourist draw.
"We still believe we're only scratching at the surface of the property's potential. With extra capital, so much more could be realised," he said.
"We have always dreamt of opening a small retail nursery to complement the fruit barn - or a timber gazebo for families to rest and eat on their travels."
He also suggested a block of oak trees for the booming black truffle market could be an extra revenue base for the orchard.
Offered on a walk-in walk-out basis, the sale includes all agricultural equipment, a rustic barn and a four-bedroom house.