Clive Goatham is one happy farmer. He is passionate about every aspect of running his Kent orchards alongside his son Ross and the team who supply us with three pear and 14 apple varieties, including our exclusive Zari apples.
Clive Goatham grew up in Kent and from a young age helped out in the family fruit business. Together with his son Ross, they now runs 16 farms in the beautiful Garden of England. The Goathams grow Conference, Concorde and Comice pears, as well as apple varieties, including Braeburn, Discovery and our exclusive variety Zari. We asked a select panel of mums from mumsnet to review our Zari apples and 97 per cent said they taste 'just right' and are 'perfectly juicy'.
Clive’s company, AC Goatham & Son, have won a number of awards. 'Winning feels fantastic,' says Clive. AC Goatham won praise for its high yields and sustainable farming approach. 'We work with nature', says Clive. The company, which also works closely with smaller farms in Kent, protects the hedgerows on its farms and also plants native flowers to encourage bees.
AC Goatham & Son was recently independently voted the UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards winners for three categories, Fruit Grower/supplier of the Year, Total Produce Award for Best Supporter of British, and Clive Goatham was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. It was also runner up in two categories, the Unsung Hero and Digital Initiative categories.
- Coupled with this Sainsbury’s Farming Apprentice Esther Harvey, has been voted Sainsbury’s Farm Apprentice of the Year 2015.
- In 2014, AC Goatham & Son was awarded the Fresh Produce Consortium’s Fresh Produce Business of the Year and the Supermarket Supplier of the Year Award. It has also won the 2014 Top Fruit Grower of the Year and overall Edibles Grower of the Year at the UK Grower awards.
- In 2013, it was awarded the Sainsbury’s Fresh Produce Supplier of the Year 2013.
- In 2012, A C Goatham & Son was awarded Top Fruit Grower of the Year 2012.
So many delicious varieties
During the British apple and pear season, we’ll bring you all your favourites, including Gala and Braeburns and Conference pears, and more unusual varieties, too. It’s easy to find fruits you’ll love with our flavour categories – just decide whether you prefer apples that are sweet and juicy or tart and crisp.
To help, we’ve created a handy guide packed with informative tasting notes.