Must-visit loquat picking garden in Tongzhou
Loquats are popular in Nantong. [Photo/Nantong Daily]
Nantong Feige Agricultural Development Co Ltd, located in the Tongzhou district of Nantong in East China's Jiangsu province, was founded by Shao Lin and her husband Wang Fei in 2016.
The loquats they grow have gained great popularity in Nantong and surrounding areas.
Before they started planting loquats, Shao and Wang had worked in advertising in Shanghai for eight years, and due to their passion for loquat planting, they quit their jobs in 2010 and began to learn how to grow the fruit.
Among the several varieties of loquats, they finally selected the Baiyu loquat (white jade loquat) due to its genetic stability, big size, high quality, strong resilience and high acceptance across China.
Shao has adopted green cultivation technologies throughout the entire growing process, making the loquats grown locally not inferior to those grown in source areas.
After five years of cultivating loquats, the cultivation area of Feige's Baiyu loquats exceeds 2.3 hectares, and the yield is expected to surpass 10 metric tons this year, and through online sales, the fruit greets a larger market.
"At least 200 kilograms of loquats will be delivered via express delivery every day, and the volume will reach 500 kg per day during peak times," Shao said.
Unlike most fruit picking gardens, Feige's loquat garden includes a special area with roses, hairawn muhly, hydrangea flowers, and other plants where guests can barbecue, take pictures, and rest.
Shao Lin aims to build her picking garden into a real garden. [Photo/Nantong Daily]