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Apple Picking in Summertown

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Published April 22nd 2012
Update April 27th 2015
Apple picking times are 11-5 on weekends not 10-5 as stated in article!

Going apple picking in Summertown makes me happy. Perhaps because it is simple and wholesome or maybe it is the picturesque and short drive into the hills. I'm not really sure why - but being there makes me smile, and generally everyone else there seems to be having a glorious time as well.

Some sit under the trees and picnic, others snap pictures of each other, while children skip through the orchard, picking and eating apples or looking for the ladders hidden among the trees. There are many varieties of apples and if you ask, you will find out what is best now and what will be good in a few weeks, which variety is over, and which is best for baking.

As for tasting them, it is encouraged by a subtle "don't forget to try one while you are picking" comment as you enter. My children bolt for the back of the orchard where my eldest son knows exactly where to find the Fuji trees. My younger two boys look for the Granny Smiths and my daughter tries a Jonathan, than opts for the smaller crispy Golden apples and fills her bag. All apples were $1.20 /kilo when we were there and there are usually other fruits and vegetables on offer in pails on the way out.

It is difficult to leave without picking up a 2 litre jug of delicious fresh apple juice, not to mention the homemade jams and lemon curd. Don't forget to bring shopping bags to carry home the load. You can pick any Saturday or Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, until the apples are finished (usually sometime in June). The address is Hollidays Road in Summertown, off Greenhill Rd. If you happen to be there on the first or third Sunday of a month, the Uraidla Market is on around the corner and a great stop for morning tea or to pick up some fresh produce.

Otherwise, you can race home, get out the cookbooks and get into the kitchen. After this last trip, my daughter made a delightful apple pie and we tried an apple gingerbread, as well as our favourite apple crisp recipe. We still have a few left for lunchboxes, but may have to head back again soon!

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Why? Going apple picking in Summertown makes me happy.
When: Saturdays and Sundays 10-5
Where: Hollidays Rd., Summertown, SA
Cost: Approx $1.20 /kilo
Your Comment
Can one still pick apples - ???? the article says until mid June- how about being a bit more clear- or at least give the phone number of the apple orchard. Thanks.
by selki (score: 1|12) 2577 days ago
Yes, there are still a lot there, but you have to walk a little distance to the end of the orchard to get to them. So bring gum boots if it's been raining!
by kathy (score: 1|17) 1896 days ago
Do you happen to know when the apple picking season starts again?
by Sara Ikmal (score: 2|457) 2147 days ago
Sorry, because the apples are nearly finished there will be no "pick your own" this weekend. It is doubtful that it will be offered next year due to the proprietor retiring, but check the "What"s on this Weekend" section of the Advertiser in February. If it's on it will be advertised there. Thank you everyone for your support over the years.
by kathy (score: 1|17) 1876 days ago
Pick your own apples has now finished for this season. We're not sure if it will be offered next year - check the "What's On This Weekend" section of the Adveriser in February.
by kathy (score: 1|17) 1876 days ago
Glad to know you have enjoyed apple picking in Summertown and also hopefully a beautiful autumn drive through the Adelaide Hills. Just a small correction though, the picking starts at 11am, not 10am.
by kathy (score: 1|17) 3008 days ago
Hello is there still apple picking
by Sonyv (score: 0|2) 1770 days ago
I really don't know if there will be any apple picking next year, usually begins on March as per the posted comment that the lovely proprietor is retiring. Sorry
by Paula Benson (score: 1|19) 1769 days ago
There will be no pick your own apples in Summertown this season (2016) because the owner has retired due to health reasons.
by kathy (score: 1|17) 1609 days ago
Hi Kathy, Is there any way we can contact this owner privately? That's sad they have retired due to health reasons, what a wonderful spot it is there and such a lovely well know orchard in the hills. Thank you Kindly, Rebecca
by rebec (score: 0|2) 1591 days ago
Does anyone know whether there are still apples left for picking? :)
by Greta Gorelik (score: 1|82) 1896 days ago
by Paula Benson (score: 1|19) 1922 days ago
Usually early in March (the long weekend). Check the "What's On This Weekend" section of the Advertiser for notice.
by kathy (score: 1|17) 2147 days ago
In 1014 the apple picking will finish earlier than other years. Apple picking will finish in early-mid May this year as cockies & parrots ruined a lot of the crop in January and it was a lighter crop than usual even before that.
When Ian is open for apples there will be an advertisement in 'What's On this weekend' in the Advertiser & Sunday Mail.
by mnksc (score: 0|2) 2294 days ago
2014 season may not last until mid June due to smaller numbers of fruit this year. Get in while you can!
11-5pm WEEKENDS. If apples are still on, an advertisement will be present in the Saturday paper (in the 'what's on' section at the back)
by kathr (score: 0|2) 2298 days ago
do you know a phone number for the place? i've tried google but can not find a phone number. i heard they had bushfires up there, and was wondering if it was still open for this weekend??
by leia_ (score: 0|3) 2646 days ago
Thanks so much for your helpfully info, it was exactly what my kids were searching for and this made it easy to find. Any chance I could have your apple pie recipient. Ginger
by Jessi (score: 0|2) 2672 days ago
What else is there to pick when its not apple season.are you open all year round?
by cbart (score: 0|2) 2905 days ago
Glad to know you have enjoyed apple picking in Summertown and also hopefully a beautiful autumn drive through the Adelaide Hills. Just a small correction though, the picking starts at 11am, not 10am.
by kathy (score: 1|17) 3008 days ago
We went this weekend and were sad to find a sign saying "Apples-Closed. Retired". So, looks like this is no longer an option. Please post of you know of other options for PYO apples.
by Jessi (score: 0|2) 1524 days ago
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