All value added products are handmade on site at Suttons by David. Apples used in the products are picked straight from the orchard during the apple season from February to May. At other times, apples for processing, are purchased directly from local farmers who grow the apples on orchards within a 10km radius of Sutton’s orchard. Other fruit used in processing comes from the café garden, orchard, Granite Belt or Queensland. The quality and quantity of fruit and vegetables is totally dependent on the climatic conditions each season and this dictates the quantity of our supplies.
All juice made at Suttons is one hundred percent pure without the addition of preservatives, additives, water or concentrates. Juice from other fruits and vegetables is freshly pressed as required. Once juice is pressed it is either bottled and pasteurised or fermented into apple cider. Apple cider vinegar with ‘mother of vinegar’ is fermented naturally from apple cider. Our apple cider is also used to distil our Spirit of the Apple. At Suttons we make apple syrup. It is simply reduced apple juice which is concentrated to retain the lovely rich, fresh flavour of the apple.
The recipes used in our preserves are old fashioned traditional recipes that have been in use for generations. Many of the preserves are based on apples and they are made without the addition of pectin, preservatives, artificial colours or flavours and additives.
Our apple preserves include: apple jelly, apple butter, apple chutney, apple sauce, apple and berry fruits, apple and citrus fruits.
We also make tomato sauce and tomato relish from Granite Belt tomatoes. When browsing our shop shelves, you will notice our limited edition preserves which we make when we have small quantities of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. You may find pickles, chutneys and our very popular cumquat marmalade made from cumquats grown in the café garden.