Situated near Young, on the South West Slopes of New South Wales, Willayoung Orchard is in the heart of this renowned cherry-growing district.
For many years Young was the leading cherry-producing area in the Southern Hemisphere. It is not so well-known that Young's mix of soils and strong summer conditions makes it an ideal environment for production of stonefruit.
Willayoung consists of over 5,500 trees on approximately 8 hectares(20 acres).
Purchased in 1988 by Andrew and Helen Ricketts the land was originally the site of Patterson's Abattoirs which serviced several of Young's butcheries. The Abattoirs operated until the 1960's. The land was originally bare ground, apart from a residence, as well as several of the abattoirs' buildings and yards. These buildings have now disappeared, apart from the slaughterhouse which has been converted to a machinery shed/workshop.
After initially operating as a fruit-tree nursery (with a small number of 'hobby' fruit trees) there has been a transition to full orchard operation. The final stage of this transition was the establishment of our packing shed in 2002.