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Daymens Hill Farm was acquired back in the early '70s by Joan & Norman McCready.

It is run today by their daughter Mary, her husband Ralph & their daughter Rachel, who have lived at the farm for over 40 years.

This traditional English orchard is one of a very few left in Essex, The family take great pleasure in caring for the abundant wildlife that thrives in the habitat they have created whilst still managing to grow delicious fruit.





Set in the heart of the Essex countryside just 20 minutes north of Chelmsford, Daymens Hill Farm is home to around 4000 apple & pear trees

The orchard is part of J McCready & Son which also produces malting barley, sugar beet, potatoes & other vegetables at their farm in Heybridge, where you will also find the farm shop, Jacobs Farm which is run by family members.

The orchard is spread over 24 acres and over 30 varieties of apples & pears, with many of the trees around 70 years old. 

Working within a traditional environment surrounded by nature, they produce top quality fruit for a wide range of markets.

Pick Your Own Apples & Pears

Our orchards are open daily from early September until mid October, for you to enjoy picking your own fruit.

During this time ready picked apples & pears, our juices and our own vegetables, sweet corn, & potatoes will also be available.

Pop up & Farm Shop

Following on from the PYO season, we are open at weekends through til March for our fruit, juice & seasonal vegetables.


These products are also available from Jacobs Farm shop along with a vast array of home grown & locally sourced fruit & vegetables.

For more information be sure to like & follow us on social media.

Pick Your Own Fruit

Cox's Orange Pippin

Quintessential English eating apple

Excellent flavour

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Tydeman's Early Worcester

Early dessert apple

Best eaten fresh off the tree

James Grieve

Dual purpose apple 

Great for eating or cooking

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Aromatic relation of the pear

Lots of culinary uses from sweet to savoury

Great Accompaniment with roasted meats

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D'Arcy Spice

Old Essex Russet

Balanced aromatic flavour

Superb with Cheese


First apple of the season

Best eaten fresh off the tree

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Beurré Hardy

Melt in your mouth mid season pear

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Howgate Wonder

 Excellent large cooking apple

Great for tarts, bakes & pies

No sugar needed!

Here's a few of our favourites from the farm...


The Juices

Our juice only contains quality handpicked fruit from our orchards.

We press more than 10 single varieties, ensuring that you'll enjoy & appreciate the individual characteristics of each one.

You may prefer the unique full flavour of our D'Arcy Spice or the sharp bite of the Grenadier or Bramley.

Daymens Hill Farm juice is available from the farm all year round, please get in touch via social media to book a visit.

The Juices

“Daymens Hill is my idea of what heaven would be like, quaint, idyllic & a hidden gem we accidently found, hands down the best apples i've ever had!”

Ben Devlin

Witham, Essex

“Pick here every year ,so well laid out and easy to pick ,the most delicious apples in Essex ,it’s worth a trip out ,people are very friendly and helpful ,can’t wait to go and pick again .”

Gay Bourne

Google Review

“A wonderful working orchard where you can buy apples, pears, quinces and medlars that smell and taste a million times better than any shop bought.”

Jonathan Wilson

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“PYO amazing apples like you've never tasted.”

Nicola Marshall

Google Review

“I've been going every year since 2009. We travel from Luton. 

Beautiful scenic location with good old-fashioned family service”

Leslie Butler

Google Review

“Some of the tastiest and best apples I’ve ever had. Pick your own is great fun with your kids and a nice way to spend some time outdoors. Really good location with gorgeous views across to the river Blackwater. The staff were super helpful and friendly.

Chris Chapman

Facebook Review

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