You can drive just an hour out of Melbourne and find some great farms and orchards with fruit ripe for the picking. There is nothing better than great quality fresh fruit, so why not side-step the supermarkets and go out to pick your own fruit. We know a few places that have plenty of fruit to enjoy, but we need your help to name the others and find the best place to pick your own fruit in Melbourne.
Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farms open up around November, and you can find plump and juicy strawberries reading for picking. Strawberry picking is great for kids, because they're already at the right hight to find all the best ones. You can also grab some other delicious treats like homemade jams and ice cream, or you can taste some Rebello wines. Sunny Ridge have been offering 'Upick Strawberries' since 1984, so why not join in this long tradition.
If you like other types of berries then there are certainly plenty of other farms to choose from. Blue Hills Berries & Cherries grow blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, youngberries, strawberries and cherries. You can bring your own container to fill, or buy one when you arrive. Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm have raspberries, brambleberries, youngberries, boysenberries, marionberries, strawberries, jostaberries, loganberries, and red and black currants. They are all organically grown and just waiting for you to pick them. You can also take a weekend away and stay at one of their cabins. Pennyroyal's teahouse cafe is also worth a stop, where you can enjoy a range of delicious homemade treats.
Other popular things to pick are apples and stone fruits. Paynes Orchards in Bacchus Marsh have apples, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries, and berries. They have just about everything you'd need for the perfect summer fruit salad. Rayner's Stonefruit Orchard offer an 'adopt a tree' program. For $60 to $150 per year you can get your own fruit tree, tended for you, so all you have to do is pick the fruit. An adopted tree is a great gift for any fruit lovers you might know.
So let us know which fruits you'll be picking this summer, and where you'll be heading. There are plenty of great farms and orchards that turn you into a farmer for the day, and we want your help to find them.
By sam.g - reader Sunday, 30th of December @ 05:10 am
By Anonymous Sunday, 3rd of March @ 04:09 am
http://jayberries.com.au/updates/ They have a huge range of fruit and vegies you can pick during summer months and year round Strawberries. They also have a "what's available" section on their website so it's easy to check before you go. Jay Berries is situated in the picturesque Yarra Valley only one hour drive east of Melbourne through Sherbrooke Forest so it's not too far to travel.
Thanks Natasha, great info. I'm looking forward to picking strawberries, yum. Blackberries seem to grow a lot in the wild - we saw quite a lot driving around Hepburn Springs. But you're never sure if they've been sprayed or not.