Hello fellow cherry lovers, meet Tom Hulme one of our very fine cherry growers. Tom has been responsible for his family-run-farm’s fruit enterprise since 2011. He was previously an investment banker for 12 years and is the father of 2 young (possible) future farmers!
Based in East Kent, the AC Hulme & Sons Farm spans a healthy 4,000 acres, growing fruit as well as hops, potatoes and cereals, with Tom’s farm harvesting around 20 million delicious fresh cherries every year.
Below Tom gives us the low-down on his AC Hulme & Sons.
Tom, tell us about the cherries on your farm?
“We grow more than 20 different varieties of delicious, fresh British, cherries which is great because it gives us lots of cross pollination which I am certain is the secret to growing consistent crops of cherries and means that we harvest cherries for 8-10 weeks each year. Everyone loves the Kordia cherry most, but I personally like eating Van cherries!
We don’t like to boast but we really enjoy what we do here and are all very proud of what the farm has achieved in recent years. Anyone is welcome to visit the farm anytime.”
What’s your favourite way of eating cherries?
“My children like eating them directly from the tree, with the juice running down their chins, but the great thing about cherries is they are just so good any way you eat them.”
What can we expect from the 2020 cherry harvest?
“Everyone on the farm loves the cherry season and we are all hoping there will be plenty of lovely fruits to pick and sell, coming to a supermarket new you very soon, for you to enjoy in your local supermarket!”