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Loganberries 2020

The loganberries are early this year

They love sunshine and we’ve had plenty of that during May.

Each flower develops one berry, which has a juicier and sharper flavour than a raspberry. So we’ve been picking them as quickly as they ripen and making delicious jam.

The berries don’t all ripen at the same time so keep going back for more!

Strawberries 2020

Strawberry crop at Springdale this year is amazing. Already picked 128lbs and it’s only the middle of June. Strawberries are on the menu every morning for breakfast.

Freshly made jam is delicious! A real taste of summer.

In the field
On the boil – jam making
Breakfasts strawberries mixed with blueberries


Planted last year, 2017, this is the first year (2018) for picking our loganberries.

They look like raspberries but the fruit is a little longer and firmer. The loganberry is a raspberry x blackberry hybrid with quite a tart flavour which is ideal for cooking or jam.

The fruit is a sharper than a raspberry but makes delicious jam which sets in minutes.

A jug full of loganberries can be turned into three of these lovely jars of jam!

Springdale Produce’s Jam on Sale

Springdale Produce

Springdale Produce will be selling Jams, Marmalades and Chutneys again at the Monmouth Priory (NP25 3NX) on Saturday 19th November, 10:00am – 12:30pm

It’s a great opportunity to buy a few little early stocking fillers, especially our Jam/Preserve Gift Boxes.  Choose your own selection, or mix and match jams, chutney and marmalade – made up for you whilst you wait!


Christmas Gift Selection

We’ll also be selling some tasty treats wrapped to take home including iced mincemeat tartlets and our new recipe chocolate muffins.  The mincemeat is also homemade from an old recipe handed down to us through the generations – the taste will take you back in time! Don’t miss out! If you would like any of our products please contact us: email info@springdaleproduce.com or thesconestation.com


Good Old Fashioned Mincemeat


Iced Mincemeat Tartlets

Springdale Produce – Jam

Jam is one of life’s sweet simple pleasures, smothered on toast in the morning, in a sandwich, on a freshly baked scone, there really is nothing better! Why not treat yourself to a jar today?

How will you eat yours?!

See our photo section for a delicious selection. We have many varieties now available! Plum jam shown below.


Tangy Plum Jam

Please contact us by email: info@springdaleproduce.com for a scone event!!

See us on Facebook.com/Springdale-Produce

Sunday 6th November 2016

Sunday 6th November 2016

Springdale Produce

Thinking of Christmas? 🎄
Gift orders are now being taken!
Each pack contains three 220g jars. You may choose your own flavours from our jams, marmalades and chutneys. Why not reserve a gift pack today?! All Gift boxes are decorated for Christmas with matching label, perfect for someone who is difficult to buy for: parents, teachers, grandparents, mother-in-law, foodie friends… Gift packs are all £10. We have a delicious range of jams, marmalades and chutneys for you to choose from! See our photos!
Please contact us on facebook – facebook.com/Springdale-Produce, email info@springdaleproduce.com or thesconestation.com – We’ll be very happy to help!


Christmas packs of jam and marmalade – available to order now!


Marmalade, Jam and Chutney Pack


Marmalade and Two Jams Pack


Marmalade, Chutney and Jam Pack


Two Jams and a spice golden beetroot chutney


Jam and Marmalade Collection

Tewkesbury – 1st November 2016

Tewkesbury – 1st November 2016

Springdale Produce will be selling a selection of freshly baked scones, cakes and biscuits today,  Tuesday 1st November at Tewkesbury Town Hall, between 10:30am and 3:30pm.  All our products are made with tasty ingredients and temptingly wrapped to seal in all the flavours for you to enjoy at home.


“Prize Winning Recipe” Monmouth Show 2016 Blueberry Muffins


Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies – Delicious!


Scrumptious “Scotch” Pancakes Made with our own Scottish recipe for 30 years Delicious with Homemade Jam or Marmalade


The good old fashioned British Rock cake


Everyone’s Favourite: Scones – Just made for Jam and Cream!

If you’re in the area, why not pop along and see us!  Springdale Produce – we’re ready to serve!


If you would like these scones or any of our products served for you at any event, wedding, party, birthday, office event, school fair, funeral, sports event, football match, please email : info@springdaleproduce.com

or leave a message on the facebook site above

We will be in touch promptly.

New Venture

A new business venture to sell our delicious homemade jams, marmalades and chutneys to a wider audience.
All products are free from additives and preservatives

Three Fruit Marmalade £2.00 per jar (220g approx)

The delicious zingy flavour from the citrus fruits makes this the perfect start to the day for your tastebuds.
Spread onto toast, bread, croissants, scones or even use on porridge or over ice cream or pancakes.

Three Fruit Marmalade

Three Fruit Marmalade








Luxury Hot Sweet Chilli Jam £5 a jar (220g approx)

A hot sweet chilli jam which is so versatile. Serve with cheeses or salads, with burgers, chicken, steak or any meat. Delicious with salmon or fish

Luxury Hot Sweet Chilli Jam

Luxury Hot Sweet Chilli Jam









Springdale Apricot and Rhubarb Jam £2.00 a jar (220g approx)

A delicious combination of apricots and rhubarb gives a new French twist to this jam” very fruity and smooth. You’ll be surprised, one to try!

Apricot and Rhubarb Jam

Apricot and Rhubarb Jam







Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam £2 each (220g approx)

Smells delicious, tastes delicious!
The flavours of both the strawberries and rhubarb are a great combination.
Spread on toast, scones, in sponges, cupcakes or spoon onto ice cream or yoghurt

Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam









Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam £2 each (220g approx)

This jam is delicious on toast, on scones, in a Victoria Sponge
or even over ice cream or porridge.
The vanilla gives it a mellow sweetness.

Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam

Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam


The Orchard

Springdale Orchard is born

Spring at Springdale

Apple Blossom

Planting an orchard is a dream we’ve always had.
We decided early in 2015 that we would use field 1 and plant some fruit trees straight away.

An Orchard is born at Springdale

Field 1

The ground is gently sloping and faces the sun all day.  It is well drained but the soil is quite heavy in the field.

sloping field a

A large number of questions loomed due to our lack of knowledge. The planning however is all part of the fun.

Which trees?

Which trees?

Which trees should we choose and why?
Where should we purchase them from?

How big
What does rootstock mean?
Which rootstocks should we choose?

How old should the trees be?
How should they be planted and what should the spacing be?

Field 1 with canes and view direction

Field 1 with canes and view direction

Do they need staking, protecting?
When should they be planted?
Should we pay someone to plant them?

Pollination partners

Pollination partners

Answers to some questions prompted more questions as we discovered and learned more about planting an orchard. For example pollination questions and the need to choose ‘compatible’ apple trees.
Most apple trees need another compatible apple tree (which must be of a different variety) nearby in order for the blossom to set fruit and produce apples.

The key to proper fruit tree pollination is timing.  For example: any early-season variety will pollinate another early-season variety.
So if you’re only planting 2 trees, it’s best to plant trees that will bloom at the same time.

Which trees should we choose?

Choosing fruit trees

Choosing fruit trees

Not knowing many varieties of apples, we decided to email a few nurseries to see what they suggested for a small orchard of around 30 trees, giving them our location and land aspect. Some favourites we definitely wanted were Cox, Russet and Bramley Apples; Pershore and Victoria Plums; some Pear trees and a damson variety.
So we want some apples to eat straight away, some to use for cooking; pears to eat; plums and damsons to eat and to use for jam making.

Jam Making

Jam Making

Replies to these emails were very useful and gave us a lot of information for our site.  We were also able to research the different varieties to find out what the fruit was like.

We chose our selection based on what we found out from this research and the nurseries’ information. This includes our above criteria and also fruit that crops throughout the year, not all at the same time. (There is a detailed diagram of our final tree selection and their positions  below)

List of fruit trees - part 1

List of fruit trees purchased – part 1

List of fruit trees part 2

List of fruit trees purchased part 2

We chose the nursery who could supply the majority of our selection in one delivery.  Also the nursery who had best answered our enquiry.

The above lists show the fruit trees we bought and which are now planted at Springdale.

The table below shows how the trees are laid out in Field 1

Layout of canes for tree planting to obtain correct spacing

Layout of canes for tree planting to obtain correct spacing

6 5 4 3 2 1
Charles Ross

Cooking Apple

James Grieve


Sunset Apple Golden Delicious Apple Malus Katy


Sturmer Pippin Apple A
Rosette Apple


John Downie

Crab Apple

Lord Derby



Russet Apple

Golden Hornet Crab Apple Barnock Beauty Apple B
Red Falstaff Apple Bramley Cooking Apple Bardsley Apple Scrumptious Apple Bountiful Apple Blenheim Orange Apple C
Concorde Pear Conference Pear William Bon Chretien Pear Pershore Purple Plum Pershore Purple Plum Cox Orange Pippin Apple D
Moonglow Pear Catillac French Pear Marjorie’s Seedling Plum Rivers Early Prolific Plum Old Greengage Plum E
Shropshire Prune Damson Langley Bullace Damson Victoria Plum F

Tree Layout in table form

As fruit tree labels break and blow away from time to time its useful to make a note of tree positions, which are shown in the table above.

What about Rootstock?

What does ‘rootstock’ mean and which to choose?

The rootstock determines how big each tree will grow to. If you grow a fruit tree from a pip, the tree may grow to 5-6m high or taller. So it will not be easy to reach the fruit. If you opt for a dwarf rootstock, you can limit it’s growth to as small as 1.5m.  Rootstocks are chosen and grafted on from a related species. This will restrict the growth to the size of the original roots and keep the tree to a manageable size.
With this in mind we chose MM106 rootstock for our apple trees which means our trees will grow to between 3m and 4.5m.

Examples of different rootstocks

Examples of different rootstocks

For the pear trees we chose rootstock Quince A
And for plums and damsons the nursery had rootstock St. Julien available.

All the trees should then grow to roughly the same size, which means we can have regular spacing between all the trees and the fruit will not be too high for picking.
You can find lists of rootstocks and their descriptions on most fruit tree sellers’ websites and then choose according to your available land and space.

Bare Root Fruit Trees being planted

Tree Planting

Tree Planting

Allow plenty of room for the trees to grow in future years, by checking your rootstocks for height and spread.

Mark out your land with canes to ensure there is the correct spacing for trees.

Bare Roots Visible on Tree

Bare Roots Visible on Tree

A bare root fruit tree will arrive in a dormant state.  It should be planted as soon as possible after receiving it, but not if the ground is frozen.

Check that the depth of planting matches the original by looking at the base for the soil mark on the trunk

Check that the depth of planting matches the original by looking at the base for the soil mark on the trunk

Dig a large sized hole at least a third wider than the roots. Hammer in a stake before inserting the tree into the hole to avoid damaging the roots.

Dig plenty of well-rotted manure or compost into the hole.

Make sure the tree is at the same level that it was planted in the nursery,

Fill the hole with soil around the roots and gently firm the soil in with the sole of your boot.  This process removes air-pockets from around the roots.

Secure the tree to the stake with a tree tie.

If you have rabbits or deer in the area, you MUST protect the trees immediately.  The trees will need protecting from the first night they are in the ground.  Rabbits and hares are the most serious problem, as they will eat the bark and this can be fatal for the tree.  The best protection is a plastic spiral tree guard.  These can be easily removed after a few years when the bark is older and tougher.