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 with a 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 a self-contained campsite (Caravan Club Certified Location) within the 26-acre orchards, with hard standings and electric hook-ups designed for caravans, camper vans and motor homes.
Henry bought Moat Farm, Kenton in 2005 after spending 15 years growing sisal and coffee in East Africa. The transition to apple farming in Suffolk has 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.