Fruit farm sold after 40 years

ONE of Suffolk's oldest and most popular farming businesses is being sold – after more than 40 years of trading.Hemingstone Fruit Farms was started by Dan Neuteboom along with his wife Henrietta back in 1960.

By Victoria Knowles

ONE of Suffolk's oldest and most popular farming businesses is being sold – after more than 40 years of trading.

Hemingstone Fruit Farms was started by Dan Neuteboom along with his wife Henrietta back in 1960.

Today Clarke and Simpson estate agents of Framlingham confirmed it is selling the business on behalf of the family as a going concern.

Details of the reason for the sale have not yet been released.

The farm was extremely popular.

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The Dutch couple built it up from scratch but now their life's work and that of their family is being sold.

From jam making to thriving farm shops, what began as an apple farm grew to include jam making with more than 200 outlets for their home made jam and farm shops.

The Neutebooms kept it in the family and their daughter Kathy, together with Jeremy Linsell, were valuable members of the team.

Only two years ago the couple managed to raise a £50,000 start up loan from the department of Trade and Industry.