The Quince Orchard here at Fairy Wren Cottage is organic and grown using Permaculture Principles. 
It is a young orchard planted only seven years ago by Michael, Liliana and myself. The trees are 8,9 & 10 yrs old.
We have 22 quince trees in the Quince Orchard plus 6 more quince trees growing in our food hedges or Back Orchard. When they are in full blossom and there is a gentle Spring breeze the garden smells divine, just like roasting quinces!
We grow 5 different Quince varieties where the trees are mature enough to harvest each year: 
Champion, Smyrna, Fullers, Van de Man & Pineapple. Each being that little bit different from each other.
Winter 2020 we added two more quince varieties, Appleshaped and Portugal, they merely look like thin whispy sticks at the moment with a little foliage, but we are looking forward to the time when we can see the two new varieties fruit and flower, we'll add the photos when this happens. There is a brief description and photos taken 2019 harvest that may help guide you in learning a little more about the humble quince and my free ebook. 





































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FAIRY WREN COTTAGE QUINCES

                                                                                                            Quince Kindness:
With the end of the quince harvest in our small Quince Orchard nearly here we have been doing a stocktake. •So far we have given away over 100kg of quinces. We have given quinces to dog walkers who we see regularly walking past our cottage, to friends who have then made quince paste for their grandchildren, Michael has given them to customer’s, we’ve hung bags of quinces on our front fence to be collected by neighbour’s, as a thank you we left a big bag of quinces under a tree to be collected by someone who made a special trip to deliver something for us, Michael has dropped boxes of quinces at friends farm gates as a surprise as he has driven through the valley to work, and we have left bags of  windfall quinces  at  a friends farm gate who has fed them to their pigs.
•This years harvest was called Quince Kindness, with everything going on in the world Michael, Lil and I decided to give away as many quinces as we could and only sell to existing customer’s (in the hospitality industry who buy our quinces and turn them into a product they then sell) we have sold the quinces for the initial price we started selling them for 5 years ago. It has been an honesty system, we harvest the quinces following hygiene procedures, put them directly in the box and the person buying the quinces weighs them (to save us handling them again and it minimises contact) and pays online. There has been boxes of quinces left outside our garden gate and a wave from afar as they have been collected. I like this honesty system. If a customer weighs 15kg of quinces, we ask them to pay for 14kg, this is about generosity, good will, we want our customers to enjoy the whole process from buying our quinces to them making and selling or serving them.
When people we have given the quinces to have offered to pay for the quinces the reply is simple.
Pay it forward. Do something kind for someone else.
Even if it is just smiling at a stranger in the supermarket, gentle acts of kindness help make the world a better place.
Our Quince Orchard is more than just about selling fruit.
The rest of this post is continued on my blog. Link in bio.
Sending much quince love, Jude x 

The Quince Orchard is home to Polly the drake, Amelia Cordelia, Daisy, Ta Dah and Loveheart the Indian Runner ducks. Their bath water emptied daily waters the trees and their droppings break down to feed the soil. Our small flock of Orpingtons live in our Back Orchard, sometimes we swap the ducks to the Back Orchard & the hens to the Quince Orchard, they enjoy the change of scenery and pick at slugs & bugs the other flock may not like as much.
Head of pest control the poultry keep all the bugs and slugs at bay. 
We don't use any chemicals, herbicides or pesticides. 
The ducks also share the Quince Orchard with Liliana's five guinea pigs whose hutches are moved around the orchard several times a day. The guinea pigs are constantly grazing instead of us having to regularly mow the grass. The Quince Orchard only sees the lawn mower a couple of times a year. Saving on time, petrol, lawn mower maintenance, the guinea pigs fertilise the soil with their droppings, better for the environment and the guinea pigs are such sweet animals to care for .
When we first shifted to Fairy Wren Cottage Michael couldn't break the ground with a crowbar, only scrappy weeds grew in the Quince Orchard, now thanks to this system with the ducks, hens & guinea pigs the orchard is abundant & thriving.

The Quince Orchard here at Fairy Wren Cottage is organic and grown using Permaculture Principles. 
It is a young orchard planted only seven years ago by Michael, Liliana and myself. The trees are 8,9 & 10 yrs old.
We have 22 quince trees in the Quince Orchard plus 6 more quince trees growing in our food hedges or Back Orchard. When they are in full blossom and there is a gentle Spring breeze the garden smells divine, just like roasting quinces!
We grow 5 different Quince varieties where the trees are mature enough to harvest each year:
Champion, Smyrna, Fullers, Van de Man & Pineapple. Each being that little bit different from each other.
Winter 2020 we added two more quince varieties, Appleshaped and Portugal, they merely look like thin whispy sticks at the moment with a little foliage, but we are looking forward to the time when we can see the two new varieties fruit and flower, we'll add the photos when this happens. There is a brief description and photos taken 2019 harvest that may help guide you in learning a little more about the humble quince and my free ebook. 





































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FAIRY WREN COTTAGE QUINCES

Champion: 
Ripens: March-April, mid season variety 
Cooks to dark red flesh, lovely big pear shaped quince 
Originally from the USA. 

Fullers: 
Ripens: Mid-Late April 
Very yellow flesh with no grit. 
Sweet guava fruity like aroma. 
Cooks to a pale pink. 
Originally from New Jersey USA about 1860 


Pineapple 
Ripens: March-April 
Best for Jam, breaks down with long cooking, pale rosy pink. 
Fruity pineapple aroma, comes through in the taste when cooked. 
Originally from California USA about 1900. 

Smyrna 
Ripens: Early April 
Very aromatic & firm when cooked. 
Roasted flesh turns a lovely dark red, with stands rigours of slow cooking 
Skin lighter lemon in colour (although I can find this hard to tell !) large pear shape 
Originally from Turkey. 
My research notes say popular with chefs! 

Van De Man
Ripens: April 
Squat, rounder much smaller quince and noticeably different to the other varieties we grow.  
Cooks to a pale orange colour (not like the pale pink). 
No grit & lovely spicy flavour. 




QUINCE BLOSSOM

Springtime in the Quince Orchard, the Fairy Wrens & Silvereyes flit from branch to branch, the Thrike Shrush is heard singing its beautiful song from the tops of the trees and you can just smell the Quince blossom.  
The quince flower petals are the softest pink and the creamiest white, to some they look like tiny ballet dresses the fairies have washed and hung upside down to dry on the branches. Enchantingly beautiful Springtime in the Quince Orchard is looked forward to all year.
The Quince Blossom photographed is taken in the Spring of 2018 to try and help  show the slight differences between the Quince varieties.



Quinces are available for sale during the harvesting season March through to late April. We deliberately hand pick what is actually ripe during those weeks instead of marking the calendar & picking everything at once that may not be quite ready.  It is such a slow process growing this fruit from seeing it bud & flower right through to the fruit setting & ripening, we are mindful not to rush the final stages. We are generous when weighing quinces for orders, there is the Contacts Page on this website or @fairywrencottage on Instagram if you would like to be in touch.