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“Great place to warm up!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Suttons Juice Factory

Suttons Juice Factory
10 Halloran Drive | Thulimbah, Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia
07 4685 2464
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Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Stanthorpe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Great place to warm up!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We stopped in here on our way home....and I wish we had come here earlier! You cn pick your own apples here but we just wanted to try the apple pie, and it was amazing. We had lunch first, which was tasty (a home made pastie and a sausage roll), then we had dessert!! Apple pie with golden syrup (which was really nice but not enough golden syrup flavour through the pie), and e also tried their sticky date pudding, and it was one of the best I have ever had. The ice cream they have with the desserts are nice too. We also had their apple juices...apple and ginger, pink lady apple juice and apple and lemon. we liked them so much we bought a lot of bottles to bring home (1lt bottles). What I liked as well that they had blankets on the chairs so you can keep warm on those chilly days....which this time of year you will need. Well worth dropping in for lunch!!

Visited May 2013
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“Apple Pie to die for!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This place has THE best apple pie with spiced apple ice cream. Not fussed on the apple cider but then I am not a cider drinker. We went to have a look and discovered the food.

Visited April 2013
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“Get the kids to pick you an apple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Great spot to go and get upfront and personnel with fruit trees and the whole process of what can be done with apples. The staff were very enthusiastic and provided a must have HUGE apple slice which was at least 50mm (2 inches) thick. Lots of great photos and the snack is served at old style school desks. Pick your time to pick your apples as I see some of the reviews are a bit unkind. Call first.
Not very well sign posted however is just across the road from the big apple on the highway to Warwick.

Visited April 2013
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“Not friendly staff”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Visited with family and kids on Good Friday day. Two families went as a group. I found the orchard was very beautiful and interesting but some of the staff at the counter were very rude to the kids and felt whether they showed racism which made the trip to the place unpleasant. We have visited other places like the Strawberry farm, vineyards etc in Stanthorpe and in most of the places the staff are very good and were very nice and friendly to the customers.

Visited April 2013
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“Rotten apples everywhere ... very disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We drove up from Brisbane on 21st April and had pretty much the same experience as the last two reviewers. Between the 3 of us we could only find 7 decent apples ... and even then no-one wanted to eat them because we were so turned off apples after the whole experience.

Before leaving home I took advice from trip advisor and packed our own plastic shopping bags but on arrival we were told that it is $2 entry per person to pick apples... and that includes an envirobag. On return your fruit is weighed and charged at $2.50kg. The only tip we were given from the friendly shop attendant was to go deep into the orchard and not just pick at the beginning of each row .. fair enough. So off we went and only found row after row after row of stinking rotten apples.. on the trees and under foot. When we got back to the shop to get our bags weighed I felt sure the attendant would raise an eyebrow as to why we had so little so that I could then tell her what a bad experience we'd had... but she didn't say a word...hmmm.

And as for their "famous" apple pie - well it's okay, and is presented very nicely, but nothing to rave about. I've honestly had much better and my 2 kids share the same opinion. The spiced ice-cream served on the side was very unusual and nice. It would help if they could install some screen doors because shooing the flys off our food whilst trying to eat was driving us crazy. The coffee was way, way, way too strong as well.

So all in all it wasn't the wholesome, romantic apple picking experience I had dreamed of sharing with my city kids. We did end up making some memories though - of us slipping all over the rotten apples underfoot and laughing at how we were over this wholesome farm experience and heading to Woolies to pick a bag of apples!

So go if you want to... on the way to other attractions in and around the Granite Belt. You'll still enjoy a big slice of apple pie - but definitely give the apple picking a miss!

Visited April 2013
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Suttons_Farm, Owner at Suttons Juice Factory, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Thank you for your feedback.

Apples that grow on trees look and feel quite different to the ones you see at the supermarket, where they have been sorted into sizes. Supermarkets don’t take apples that are too big, apples that are too small, apples that have any marks on them or apples that are ripe (too much sugar when they are ripe means they won’t store well in cold storage for 12-18 months). Once they are waxed and stickered, they are ready to be sold in a supermarket.

Apples at their source, from the tree on the farm, come in many different sizes, in many colours, and with various marks and colouring they develop related to the weather and other elements. Recent years in South East Qld have been very wet years (with two epic floods), resulting in fruit crops that are more mixed than usual. Farmers are at the mercy of weather, so each year, the crop is different.

We don't generally have mould or fruit flies in our orchard, but apples do sometimes get black spot (from excessive wet weather). It is not harmful, it just means, that in the old-fashioned way, people sometimes need to cut out some of the bad parts on the skin of the fruit. There are plenty of apples with no black spot! It just depends on the year and the elements as to the kind of crop. Apples also don’t necessarily grow right where you want them to; at picking height within easy distance. Sometimes you have to work a little bit harder to find the great ones.

This is what visiting an authentic, working apple orchard is all about. It’s a great learning experience for adults and children from the city, or for those who have no exposure to where raw produce comes from, to see that apples (or any kind of fruit, vegetables or meat in fact), don’t transition directly from their original source to the supermarket with no steps in-between.
What we offer is a genuine, working orchard experience which means each year the crop is different; and sometimes, you might just have to look a little harder to pick the perfect bag of apples – this is part of the experience of visiting a real, working farm.

We charge a $2 entry fee per person for the privilege of visiting our orchard, and with this, each person also receives a bag to take down to the orchard to pick apples. It’s an entry fee; not $2 for the bag. The great thing about visiting our farm is that visitors have the choice of visiting the orchard at $2 per person, and then the further choice of how many apples, at $2.50 a kilo, they wish to pick. Thousands of people visit our farm each year between February and June each year, to enjoy this experience.

I hope this information offers some insight and education, and something to contemplate next time you're buying fruit at the supermarket.
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