Moat Farm is a working family run fruit farm set in unspoilt Suffolk countryside. We are just half an hour from the heritage coast and within one mile of the pretty timber framed village of Debenham, which is well served with local shops and amenities.
We grow mainly English eating apples - Cox’s, Royal Gala and Russet dessert apples along witha range of traditional varieties (including Lord Lambourne, James Grieve, Charles Ross and Blenheim Orange). We press some varieties to make our own juice and are also proud to supply the East of England Co-operative and Aspall cider who both champion local producers.
Situated on a quiet country lane,we have two self-contained campsites within the 26 acre orchards. One site is dedicated to caravans the other is reserved for tents.
Henry bought Moat Farm, Kenton in 2005 after spending 15 years growing sisal and coffee in East Africa. The last ten years have been a steep but enjoyable learning curve. Henry has enjoyed developing the orchard, introducing more English and Heritage varieties and has concentrated on producing great quality English apples with flavour being the most important criteria.
Katie has had a long career in retail, leisure and catering, working for a variety of businesses from an Overland travel company to a local community centre, before setting up her own successful shop and cafe. Luckily for us she turned her brilliant organsational skills to the day to day managment of the orchard and campsite. Since her arrival Katie has been a huge asset at Moat Farm and a welcoming and friendly face for all our guests.
We have a wonderful group of seasonal workers who pick and pack for us. All ages and nationalities arrive to help us at the start of the harvest season - because we mature our apples on the trees for longer than most commercial orchards, to improve the flavour of the fruit, it is a fairly frantic picking season. Each year we welcome a group of retired pickers who make use of our picturesque campsite combining a holiday with a couple of weeks of outdoor exercise.