strawberries

Summer is coming… and to prove it, Castleton Farm strawberries are about to land on the shop shelves.
And that’s the start of an eight-month harvesting period for us.
Castleton Farm is one of the most northerly soft fruit growers in Scotland.
Poly tunnels and biomass energy are what allow the longer season. It has stretched from the traditional six weeks mid-summer to producing premium, high quality fruit from April right through to November.

And that’s not just strawberries but raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries.

Ripen
The long daylight hours and cool Scottish climate allow the fruit to ripen slowly. This creates more sugars which gives a delicious sweet berry.
The blueberries are harvested later than anywhere in the northern hemisphere, and Castleton Farm is one of only a few farms in the world picking fresh cherries in September.
And you can enjoy these in the taste of our fresh soft fruit, or captured in our preserves range. Or even as strawberry tart jelly.

Diversifying
It has always been about the tradition and taste of the fruit, but the business has grown through innovating and diversification.
But Castleton is more than just fruit. It is innovation built on traditional values & methods.
From diversifying into new fruit crops to pioneering new preserves like blueberry, port and orange chutney, we are continually trying out new ideas.
With the first of our berries ripening, we’re hoping for a bumper season as people savour the start of the taste of summer.
Anna Mitchell said: “Strawberries have always been the taste of summer, and as our homegrown Scottish berries arrive on the shelves in April, we feel there is definitely a brighter future to look forward to.”

Many local shops and eateries stock and use our berries. Look out for them in these places:

Aberdeenshire Highland Cattle Figment Coffee Kincardine Castle Kitchen, Kincardine O’Neill Premier News
Aboyne Papershop Finzean Farm Shop The Kiosk Raemoir Garden Centre
The Bread Guys Food Story Kirktown Garden Centre Silver Darling
Buchanan Bistro (at Woodend Barn) Gannets, Laurencekirk Mains of Drum Sims Fruit
Platter Gloagburn Farm Shop McHardy Butchers Skateraw Store
Charles Michie Gourmet Cheese Nature’s Larder Shetland Freezer Food
Clatterin Brigg The Grove Park Shop Tarland Paper Shop
Cults Church Centre Herd Butcher Peggy Scotts, Finavon Thain’s Bakery
Deeside Activity Park Jamieson’s Fruit & Veg Phoenix Bakehouse Trinity Garden Centre, Brechin
Dennis Shop Kepplestone Farm Shop Pinkie Farm Store Waterfront Café, Stonehaven
Fettery Shop Keystore Cults Portlethen’s Place to Eat