Cedar Creek Orchard
The Silm family began planting apple trees here in 1941 after Mr. Silm (Snr.) and young Ron Silm found that apples were good feed for the poultry they were breeding. For many years, only apples, of different varieties, were grown.
The orchard began to diversify into stonefruit in the 1980’s, when Ron’s two sons (Michael & Mark) joined the business, and the season was further extended during the 1990’s with plantings of Persimmons.
Today, the orchard is run by Mark & Lynelle Silm, and their eldest son, Damien (4th generation). Sadly, Mark's parents both passed away in 2015. It has approximately 23,000 trees – the produce of which is sold mostly on the domestic market, as well as local Produce Markets, from the shed door & seasonal Pick Your Own days.
Shed sales, directly to the public, begin in November with nectarines, (yellow & white) then peaches, (white only) available through to the end of January.
This is followed by apples from end of Jan to May, and then finally persimmons from April to early June.
The varieties of persimmons we have are Makawa Jiro & Fuyu, which are both the non-astringent type – i.e. can be eaten when still hard, just like an apple. It’s quite a sweet fruit, and is extremely popular amongst the Asian population.
We are especially proud, also, of our “Cedar Creek Apple Juice” which is a pure 100% apple juice with no preservatives, no sugar and no added water. The apples are crushed right here on our farm and the bottling is also done in our own bottling plant on the farm.
We have been making apple juice for over 40 years, and have developed this unique, exceptionally tasting apple juice, which is made all year round. People always comment “it actually tastes like apples”.
Shed sales of:
Persimmons (April- early June)
Plus quality apple juice made on site, all year round.